Our planned route would involve a 17-mile hike up to the Beartooth Plateau and then a 5-mile off-trail traverse over an 11,000-foot peak to our target lake. There no more mishaps the rest of the way to the G6. Mutt Lake. 257 – Inyan Kara (11-7-20), Pine Mountain, the Sweetwater County, Wyoming High Point (6-15-17). SPHP was very happy Lupe did get to see Sky Pilot Lake, which was very pretty and remote. Lake Mountain rises in the background. With multiple peaks over 12,000 ft. elevation and hundreds of backcountry lakes, the Beartooth Wilderness/ mountain range is a premier destination for incredible high alpine lake fishing. The weather had been cool and overcast, which was great for hiking, but began to clear and became sunny as Lupe and SPHP worked around the E side of Jasper Lake. There were many high mountains in view. The surface of Jasper Lake danced with raindrops while lightning struck Lonesome Mountain on the other side of the lake. Soon there was hail, too. The topo map showed a glacier in the big cirque. SPHP intended to start the trek Beartooth Lake campground, so Lupe and SPHP went there first. 255: Missouri Buttes & A Visit With Dave Covill, Lead Director of the Highpointers Foundation (5-27-20), Black Hills, WY Expedition No. 212, SPHP quickly gave up on a start from Beartooth Lake. (7-24-20), Kings Peak, Uinta Range, the Utah State High Point – Part 1: Henry’s Fork to Dollar Lake & Beyond! Soon it completely clouded up and started to sprinkle. You’ll pass Emerald Lake on the way, and just beyond Mystic Lake is Island Lake, and beyond that Silver Lake. Lupe kept coming to one false top after another. The fire is 3.5 miles north of the Beartooth Highway. (Photo by Rick and Susie Graetz) ... Absaroka-Beartooth Mountains, this lofty terrain is scoured by wind and at times ferocious wea ther. Since it was taking so long to traverse the endless boulder fields, SPHP didn’t want to go to the E to check out the other possibilities. Boasting over 30 mountain peaks skyrocketing beyond 12,000 feet, cradling Montana’s highest peak.Over 300 alpine lakes, thousands of creeks, … The hail was only pea-sized, but still stung a bit. At least the backpack provided some protection, too. It was so nice catching up with her. Some dramatic towering jagged mountains including Sky Pilot Mountain (12,047 ft.) were in view beyond High Pass Lake. If you're not sure you could do it then I would not try it, it was the hardest thing I have ever done! The first thing that Lupe saw was the upper end of the big cirque beyond the ridge. It flashed all around and thunder roared, echoing in the mountains. The scenery seemed even more beautiful, dramatic and wild in the storm. The Beartooth Mountains are the highest peaks in the wilderness area. At the top was a huge view in almost every direction. A year later, Lupe returned to the Beartooth Mountains as part of her 2014 Dingo Vacation. After a last glance at Sky Pilot Lake, as fast as SPHP could manage, Lupe and SPHP scrambled back over to High Pass and High Pass Lake. Once past the stream, Lupe and SPHP headed up and over the ridge to the S and down to Jasper Lake. There weren’t nearly so many “bad bugs” (mosquitoes) at camp, so SPHP started feeling more positive about staying in the Beartooths another couple of days. After 10 or 15 minutes, the rain let up quite a bit. There Lupe waited for the storm to pass. SPHP was tempted to sleep in the G6, but Lupe wanted to go in her “tiny house” (tent). 2017 Wind River Range of Wyoming & Select Peaks in Montana, 2014 Canadian Rockies & Beartooth Mountains of Montana, 2013 Beartooth Mountains of Montana & Canadian Rockies, Black Hills, SD Expedition No. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from June until October. The clouds broke up and the half moon was out. 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