My two buddies and me are in the final stages of planning a week-long excursion to the Bob Marshall this fall. We have a haphazard circuitous loop worked out, that will be all fine and dandy, but we have one crucial question, and one not so crucial question for those who have experience in the reserve and are familiar with the terrain we're talking about. In order...
1) How is the off-trail route to the lake nestled under Scapegoat Mountain? We will be approaching it from the trail that runs West-East, from the Chinese Wall (the one that turns east before Larch Pass)? It looks like we will have to ford or wade the creek at this point to get across to the small river that drains the lake, and from there it's about a 2.5/3 mile ascent up to it.
2) Has anyone ever hiked south from Scapegoat Mountain to Bear Lake? If so, how'd you do it; what was the best approach? This is another off-trail hike that would involve going over some rather steep mountain terrain.
Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have. Looking forward to hearing the response.