Montana Outdoors

September 7, 2008

Clear Creek 2

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 2:52 pm

Last Thursday’s work on the first part of the Clear Creek trail, while a lot of hard work, provided no opportunities for photos of high ridge scenes and mountain vistas, and I wasn’t going to mention anything about that day, but upon further reflection maybe I shall. It’s not that there wasn’t anything to write about, but rather I haven’t decided yet exactly how I want to do it: as more trips are completed, I hope the ideas will fall into place and I will be able to write the story. For now, a couple photos that I did bring back will set a little of the stage.

Heavy snows during the past winter and violent storms of the past summer were not all that kind to Clear Creek trail 627T. While much of it winds pleasantly along (and sometimes in) the stream, there are also areas like this that have to be cleared:

Clear Creek trail 627T

Boots and gloves, a chainsaw and a pulaski, elbow grease and perspiration, woodsman-ship and will power are the tools used to do it.

The red hard hat of the crew leader who is starting to saw this tree to lengths is barely visible toward the far right side of this photo: it is not a small tree.

Clear Creek trail 627T

Ten hours of this kind of effort yielded about two miles of trail opened for the use of the back country traveler. In this case, as we hiked back down the trail toward the waiting truck at the end of the day, there were fresh tracks on it to inform us that the first traveler on the newly cleared trail was an adult moose who, I’m sure, appreciated our hard work.

Tomorrow we will go out again and I hope we will be able to make progress into the higher (and more photogenic) regions of the trail. At least we now have clear hiking for the first two miles.

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