Montana Outdoors

August 7, 2010

Thompson Peak (5)

As the trail ascended along the ridge toward the peak the amount of live vegetation increased and more pockets of live trees became visible on adjacent mountainsides.

In places here the trail was not what most would consider distinct. In fact in the area shown in the second photo I lost it entirely. Thinking that the very top of the ridge should be a good place for a trail, I climbed directly up there through a gap in the cliffs and the trail was indeed there. (On the way back down I found that there was a switchback that I hadn’t noticed in the middle of the rockslide where I lost the trail.)

This was by far the most rapid ascent of the trek, but knowing the peak was not far ahead now made it quite pleasant.

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

Along trail 291, near Thompson Peak

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