One of the best laid plans.
For the previous a number of weeks my daughter Amy had been planning an formidable father-daughter journey for us. She had per week off, so we had been going to go to the John Day Fossil Beds and Crater Lake in Oregon, after which climb Mt. Shasta in northern California. Nevertheless, the worth of fuel and her reluctance to depart her canine TJ for per week induced a change in plans. As an alternative she determined to do just a few totally different adventures within the Helena space -all dog-friendly and a few dad-friendly.
Let the staycation start.
I satisfied Amy that we begin with a two-day, one-night backpacking journey on the Continental Divide Path (CDT) between Lewis & Clark Go and the Dearborn River. A number of years in the past, I did an out-and-back hike from L & C Go to Caribou Peak. It was a protracted day (22 miles), however I used to be impressed with the world, and wished to indicate it to Amy. I believed it could be enjoyable to stroll the subsequent part as nicely – the stretch between Caribou Peak and the Dearborn River. So, Sunday night we left my automobile the top of the path in Dearborn Canyon (70-mile drive from Helena) after which Monday morning, my son Keith gave us a trip to the Alice Creek Trailhead northwest of Lincoln (60-mile drive from Helena) to start our 28-mile stroll.
The Nice Divide.
The hike was tougher than I bear in mind – carrying a 30 lb. pack takes a few of the enjoyable out of strolling, however the climate was excellent and the hike was all I hoped it could be. I really like that the part of CDT from L & C Go to Caribou Peak stays proper on the Continental Divide just about all the best way, offering incredible view in all instructions. About 10 miles into the hike, the CDT does drop under the precise continental divide – about the place we left the path to climb Caribou Peak. We began mountain climbing at about 8:45 am and reached the summit of Caribou at 3:30 pm. (Photo Tour)
Above the CDT.
After nearly an hour of excellent summit time, we adopted the divide down after which up and over one other peak, earlier than rejoining the CDT and following it to a pleasant meadow the place we camped Monday night time. We slept nicely after strolling 16.7 miles, together with 5,000 toes of elevation acquire.
What goes up . . .
Tuesday was nice too, however totally different from day #1. We walked 11.9 miles, principally downhill by forested areas, far under the precise divide. The spotlight was strolling the final 4-5 miles alongside the Dearborn River. It will have been good to cease for a swim at Devils Glen, a spectacular sequence of waterfalls, however the Dearborn was raging with spring runoff.
Once we received again to Helena at 4:30 pm Tuesday, I took three Ibuprofen with a liter of Pedialyte on the rocks for a chaser. In the meantime, Amy was already plotting her subsequent journey – one other two-day one-night journey with TJ on the CDT from Rogers Go to Stemple Go. Wednesday morning, we dropped her automobile at Stemple Go, then I took her and TJ to Rogers Go. I returned to Helena for a nap.