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David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Gallatin Crest trail on 07/13/2009 12:51:37 MDT Print View

This past Saturday I completed the Devil's Backbone 50 mile ultramarathon, which is a big out and back from Hyalite Creek on the Gallatin Crest. Hiking (I gave up running last year) 50 miles in a day is not what I want to discuss here.

What I want to talk about is the crest trail, which was totally brilliant. Nice, faintish trail, challenging walking, and otherworldy views in all directions. There isn't a ton of water up there, but it would be a primo desination for a day hike or backpack (and would have some reediculous spring skiing).

Here are some topo maps from the race site: http://www.math.montana.edu/~thayes/Runs/Devil/DevilMap.html

I put together a goofy little video of the race: http://vimeo.com/5571872

Them BPL people have a pretty nice backyard!

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Gallatin Crest trail on 07/14/2009 16:20:21 MDT Print View

That trail is so excellent that I hiked it twice last summer!

Excellent quote from the movie, "Here's all the stupid people standing around in the cold at the start..." Ha!

I was up hiking the beginning of this route yesterday afternoon and there was still significant snow up on the side of Hyalite Peak. Methinks this is a crazy time to do a 50 mile race atop the mountains!

Edited by sharalds on 07/14/2009 16:27:59 MDT.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Gallatin Crest trail on 07/14/2009 22:19:34 MDT Print View

The race director fixed a rope and cut steps through the upper part of the snowfield leading out of the Hyalite cirque, a good safety precaution for those without an alpine background. Coming back down that snowfield at 6 pm was the fastest part of the whole day. Trekking poles make a pretty good ice axe substitute (for braking, not arresting).

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Gallatin Crest trail on 07/15/2009 00:47:54 MDT Print View

Alright, you convinced me - I've added it to my list.