Yes, you might see either in that area, but we saw no sign of bears on the trip. Snow was forecast for elevations above 6000 feet in the Glacier Park region which is a little north of this area. The photo was taken from about 6400 feet but I don’t think there was snow there last week. We were prepared for it though.
The air in that wilderness area is very pure. There is really nothing much around to pollute it. No motors are allowed in the wilderness, not even a chain saw for clearing the trails. Trail crews can only use crosscut saws, and they must travel only by foot or horseback.
I know I am lucky and I do not take this natural beauty for granted. The photo was taken on a hike into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. My hiking companion and I were on the trail for a little over 10 hours and hiked nearly 12 miles without seeing another person. That’s always a wonderful experience.
Spring always make me restless too and I can imagine how much you must want to get out. You do have some very beautiful parks and botanical gardens there though and it seems like pretty good transportation. Those things are not available in all cities I don’t think, although it has been nearly a decade since I was in a city of any size at all myself.
Such a view! I really enjoy being able to look out and see the “layers” arranging themselves into the distance. It looks like there’s a little lingering smoke. Have the fires in your area been brought under control? From the precip map, it looks like you’ve had at least moister conditions, if not rain. I hope so!
We have had some good rain lately, luckily without a lot of lightning strikes. The fires are all out or nearly so. The forest through which we hiked was in very good condition. The trail we took back down from the divide crossed a nice stream twice and there were dozens of small seeps that created boggy conditions in some places. Very satisfying to see at this time of the year. There were still very small patches of snow on the higher peaks.
Both my hiking companion and myself have been doing some kind of training every day. I’m still working on rehab for my knee 3 to 4 hours a day. That has paid off for the knee and in endurance too. This hike didn’t tire us out, although I slept well that night.
I am planning another hike just to the northwest of there later in September. I have a hunch that will provide some of the prettiest scenery I’ve ever seen. It’s a lot of work to get there, but I’d do that any day just to be in such places.