Rather than walk the well-beaten path on which I have started summer the past few years (last year: viewtopic.php?p=694364#p694364 ), I made a last minute decision to try something new. With some 400 lakes in the Beartooths and me only getting to 15 or so each summer, not all new lakes, why not.
This is probably the prettiest valley in the Beartooths.
The walk was nice. A pretty mountain meadow a few miles with dinks rising throughout - giving any of them 8” would be generous.
Leave the trail 4.5 miles in. Cross the torrent - bushwhack it - oh great, a boulder field - up and up.
I went the wrong way, cliffed out of the lake right at the outflow. I could see it up there, the fat rifle being just below the outflow, but there wasn’t a way for me to get to it without (maybe) a crossing I hadnt the desire to do.
After a while eating lunch and enjoying the mountain air, back down I went.
Back down the boulder field.
As I was descending, I saw the route I should’ve take and have confirmed with the topo.
Took a picture from further down on trail again. The lake is behind that knob in the center - I went left up the waterfall side where I should have went right up the boulder field side over the small saddle then dropped in.
The meadow on the way down.
Good day even with the failure to get in some fishing. The hike is pretty strenuous - 6 miles each way with the 1.5 off trail miles taking near the same amount of time as the 4.5 on and all of it steep.
I’ll give it another go in a couple weeks. Can’t leave it a
failure! Have another couple things planned before then else I’d give it a go this week.