Favorite Hikes - Part II
Last summer we included a list of some of our favorite summer hikes. It was such a big hit that we decided to do it again.
This year we asked our board members and special friends to focus on hikes in the southern portion of the Yellowstone to Yukon region. Here's what they had to say...
Y2Y Favorite Hikes (Montana, Idaho and Wyoming):
Osprey Falls/Bunsen Peak - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Favorite of: Charles Chester, Y2Y board member.
Love it for: the family escape. You are off the "beaten trail" in the park, but it's accessible, family-friendly, and, once you are on it, there's no sense of the nearby metropolis of Mammoth.
Terrain: it is a long, relatively easy day hike.
Length: 10 miles (16 km) and 850 feet (259 m) of elevation gain.
Scotchman Peak – Clark Fork, Idaho
Favorite of: Phil Hough, executive director of Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.
Love it for: the incredible views off the highest point in Bonner County and the mountain goats near the summit.
Length: 4 miles (6.4 km) and 4,000 feet (1,210 m) of elevation gain. Summit is at 7,009 feet (2,136 m).
Kintla Lake to Goat Haunt – Glacier National Park, Montana
Favorite of: David M Johns, Y2Y board member.
Love it for: the solitude, the stupendous beauty and grizzlies (keep alert).
Terrain: Gentle start with a steeper switchback sections up Boulder Pass and a shuttle back to your vehicle.
Length: 29.6 miles (47 km) and 8,346 feet (2,544 m) of elevation gain.
Helmet and Sphinx - Madison River Valley, Montana
Favorite of: Daphne Chester, Y2Y board member.
Love it for: the beautiful 360 degree views of the Madison Valley, the wildflowers in July, and the wildlife.
Terrain: it is a long, relatively strenuous day hike. You can also do it on horseback.
Length: 12 miles (19 km) and 2,800 feet (853 m) of elevation gain.
Iceberg Lake Trail – Glacier National Park, Montana
Favorite of: Bill Weber, Y2Y board member.
Love it for: the wildnesss of it! It is the wildest one-day, one-way trail through five-star grizzly bear habitat.
Terrain: it is a somewhat strenuous hike.
Length: 9 miles (14 km) and 1,275 feet (388 m) of elevation gain.
You can also click here to check out our 2012 List of Favorite Hikes.