40 Photos - May 31, 2014
Photo: Photo of Willow Mountain taken from other side of Missouri River a few years ago.  "Bear" marks the location where I encountered the bear on May 25, 2014.Photo: Willow Mountain as viewed from dam (on left horizon) at Lower Holter Lake (Missouri River) Photo taken day after hike.Photo: Gates of the Mountains Wilderness - Willow Mountain on left horizon, Upper Holter Lake, entrance to Gates of Mountains Recreation Area (canyon) on right side of lakePhoto: Photo: Photo: 3-mile paddle from Upper Holter to Coulter, then 4.5 miles of hiking/climbing to summit of Willow MoutnainPhoto: Passed by a small fire on the way to CoulterPhoto: Mouth of Meriwether Canyon on the Missouri RiverPhoto: Missouri River from the mouth of Meriwether CanyonPhoto: Photo: Meriwether CanyonPhoto: Photo: Meriwether CanyonPhoto: Looking at Sacajawea Peak and Meriwether CanyonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Approaching Willow PeakPhoto: View from Willow Peak - Upper Holter on left, Lower Holter on RightPhoto: Lower Holter Lake from Willow PeakPhoto: Meriwether Canyon from Willow PeakPhoto: Photo: Can you hear me now? On Willow MountainPhoto: Looking toward Canyon Ferry Lake from Willow MountainPhoto: Fossils on ridge to Willow MountainPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Looking back at Willow as I followed the ridge down.Photo: Photo: This is where I started down.Photo: Photo: Bear about .5 mile from the end of my 9-mile hike (between Meriwether and Coulter Campground)Photo: Photo: Photo from an earlier hike on the other side of the river - parked kayak at Coulter Campground, walked over to the mouth of Meriwether and then up toward Willow Mtn.  I saw the bear on the way back, between the mouth of Meriwether and Coulter.Photo: Photo of Willow Mtn. on horizon to your left, taken from near nose of the Sleeping GiantPhoto: L to R: Willow Mtn., Sacajawea Mtn., and Cap Mtn. - as viewed from other side of Missouri RiverPhoto: View of Willow Mountain (high point on horizon) from other side of the river - below the nose of the Sleeping GiantPhoto: As viewed from the hills south of Helena