Montana Outdoors

July 28, 2010

Mt Headley (3)

The last mile or so of trail 528 to the top of Mt Headley is a little steeper than the rest and there were still patches of snow across it, but the anticipation of breaking out on top made that part of the hike quite easy.

The “water” referenced by this sign may be only a mile away, but at the rate at which the trail to it descended suggests a very tough hike back up!

Trail 528 to Mt Headley

When a trail looks this way, you realize that the top is not all that far away.

Trail 528 to Mt Headley

The snowbanks were not very deep, but the breeze blowing across them was very refreshing in mid-July!

Trail 528 to Mt Headley

Finally, from a saddle .3 miles below, the first glimpse of the top of the mountain.

Mt Headley Peak

From the saddle the cliffs to the northeast are in full view and worth a couple of shots.

Cliffs to the NE of Mt Headley

Cliffs to the NE of Mt Headley

This signage is at the saddle, which is also the junction with trail 433 which winds down 1,200 feet below the cliffs, then back up to Marmot Peak and from there on down Sundance Ridge to Priscilla Peak and then on down to Thompson River. That entire trail will be a two or three day trip we plan on taking next year but the first part, to Marmot Peak, is still in my plans for later this summer.

Trail 528 to Mt Headley

Next post will include some of the views from the top.

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