A couple of weeks ago my walking group decided on the Storm Castle trail in the Gallatin Canyon. It’s 5-miles return, with 2,300′ elevation gain. The castle part of its name is derived from the rocky outcrop at the top which looks quite castle-like.
The trail is well-marked and mostly a series of switchbacks. Easy enough to follow one would think. Unless that certain one is looking down, watching where to plant one’s feet. Then, one could easily miss a turn and end up climbing up a steep face where this particular one has no business being in mere hiking boots. However, this particular one is happy (and relieved) to report that no injuries were sustained either by herself or her hiking buddy who happily came along…all the while saying that this didn’t seem like the right trail. To which the certain someone kept saying it looks better up ahead. Suffice it to say that the missed corner is now known to the walking group as “Cora’s Corner.”
Once back on the proper trail it all seemed easy-peasey…a walk in the park…in the after-rush of adrenaline…with great views up Gallatin Canyon…
…up the Hyalite Canyon
…and across the canyon at Garnet Mountain with the Forest Service fire tower sitting at 9,300′ that can be rented…
Our group at lunch…
A really nice trail, although it’s known to be bad for ticks during their season and hot during summer. This day = perfect, with a little adventure thrown in.
Then, last week we chose the Daly Creek drainage trail just inside Yellowstone, then a cut across the park boundary to Tepee drainage to the north .
No elevation gain to speak of, but instead, a trail of wide open vistas.
Our group at our lunch spot with the Sky Rim trail along the horizon – a trail for a warmer day…
Notice here, please that my hiking buddy (on the right) from our Storm Castle trail is still hiking with me!
The end of today’s trail for us, at the beginning of Tepee Creek trail. I realized along the way that this was the trail we’d walked along on snowshoes last winter.
This was about 6.5 miles with around 700′ elevation gain…a nice walk, but I prefer the climbs with great views.
Yesterday it was a late afternoon walk to The M. Such beauty, all around.