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Gabe P
(Gabe) - MLife
Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area on 08/14/2010 12:36:03 MDT Print View

Several years ago I climbed to the top of Stuart Peak in the Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area, mostly because I was bored and it was close by. I didn’t think I’d find anything worth revisiting.

After hiking throughout the lower eight miles of the Rattlesnake for several years, I was convinced that the area was great for quick hikes but it wasn’t worth backpacking into. I was wrong, which I learned the day I hiked up to Stuart Peak. What I saw up there were two beautiful lakes (i.e., Twin Lakes) and miles of good-sized mountains.

In Late July, I decided to finally head up to Stuart’s Peak again, to see what else was out there. I’m glad I did. It’s beautiful out there.

Top half of map (i.e., the interesting part)
top half of the map

Up to Stuart Peak
on the way up to Stuart Peak

Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes

McKinley Lake
McKinley Lake

Worden Lake
Worden Lake

unnamed lake
Unnamed Lake

abundance of rain made for some great flowers
abundance of rain this year made for some great flowers

Glacier Lake
Glacier Lake

nice view
nice view

Glacier Lake 2
Glacier Lake

nice

detour to Glacier Lake
detour to Glacier Lake

Glacier Lake 3
Glacier Lake

along the lake

flower
up to Sanders Lake
up to Sanders Lake

Sanders Lake 1
Sanders Lake

Sanders Lake 2
Sanders Lake

Sanders Lake 3
Sanders Lake

Sanders Lake 4
Sanders Lake

Sanders Lake 5
Sanders Lake

Sanders Lake 6
Sanders Lake

nice

just north of Sander's Lake
North of Sanders Lake

just north of Sander's Lake
Sanders Lake

sanders Lake 8
Sanders Lake

Camp
Camp

nice view

nice

sunset
great sunset

Sunset 2
kept getting better

sunset 3
and better

sunset 4
like the sky was on fire

sunset 5

sunset 6

camp

suset

me

little lake
Little Lake

cabin

sign

Lake Creek
Lake Creek

sheridan lake stream
stream coming out of Sheridan Lake

carter lake
Carter Lake

up to Big Lae
up to Big Lake

big lake
Big Lake

cabin

cabin

inside

mckinley Lake
McKinley Lake

mckinley Lake
McKinley Lake

flower

h

skull

mckinley Lake
McKinley Lake again

nlkn
flower
flowerflowerdone
and now back to the bottom 8 miles

Montana has a lot to offer, even if you aren't willing to drive a few miles to get away from the larger cities...

Edited by Gabe on 08/14/2010 17:31:04 MDT.

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area on 08/14/2010 15:02:56 MDT Print View

Very nice. Definitely looks like some beautiful country.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area on 08/14/2010 17:41:25 MDT Print View

Very nice. Looks like you had it all to yourself too. Thanks for posting.

Ronald Groth
(rgfooter) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
rattle snake wilderness on 08/14/2010 20:00:58 MDT Print View

thanks for the photos. this is they type of posts I enjoy! the outdoors in its simplicity!

Gabe P
(Gabe) - MLife
Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area on 08/17/2010 14:25:41 MDT Print View

thanks Ken... I actually didn't see anyone the whole time, except along the final four miles on the way back to the trail head.

Chris Jones
(NightMarcher) - F
Rattlesnakes? on 08/17/2010 18:02:37 MDT Print View

I have to ask... did you see (or hear) any rattlesnakes?

Great sunset pics, by the way...

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: rattlesnakes on 08/17/2010 18:29:29 MDT Print View

The 'snake is great to have in the backyard. I've to go backpacking, but spend lots of time mountain biking and skiing there. Gabriel's pictures show the ski terrain nicely.

Never seen a snake, much less a rattler there. Last month our riding group did unintentionally tree a black bear cub (and confused mama), and I had a close encounter with a moose and calf climbing Woods Gulch two years ago.

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Rattlesnake National Wilderness Area on 08/17/2010 21:19:37 MDT Print View

Wow, there were a lot of lakes in your trip report! Thanks for sharing.