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Brian (Buck-30)
Begins: May 6, 2017
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Jul 14th, 2017
Start: Bullion Pass
End: Scenic crest, Rd 391
Daily Distance: 23
Trip Distance: 967.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 303
Journal Visits: 10,851
Guestbook Views: 115
Guestbook Entrys: 4

Hot Springs Trail Day 63

We were hiking by 6:30 although Heather had been awake and reading for a
while. She wakes up at like 4 am everyday with the sun and then rolls
around till it's hiking time. Not a lot to say about today, we spent all
day on Forest Road 391 on the Montana/Idaho border and it was forested the
whole way. There were some good views but not a lot. We do seem to be in
some thick mountains, the Bitterroots. Ridges as far as the eye can see in
all directions (when we can see through the forest). Even the highest peaks
here are barely above tree line so it's pretty tough to get out of the
forest. Heather was in heaven all day. She loves the easier dirt road walks
and doesn't care if it's not scenic.

Most of the day was focused on water. It's like a 40 mile stretch with no
on trail water except we had a note of on trail water on the ICT maps and
from a 2009 ICT journal. But the guidebook didn't note the water and Zoner
rarely misses a water source so we were a bit worried about relying on the
source. So a few miles before the potential water we went 0.2 mile and 150'
down a side trail to a really good flowing stream that we were unsure of so
that was good news. We took a 90+ minute break, drinking water and relaxing
and then a few miles later found the tiny spring flowing pretty good. A
rare guidebook miss. I drank a bit more water and we continued on the road,
climbing short ups and downs which added up to a lot today. Easy road, but
a bit tiring up and down. Still hot out too. Pretty surprising but I'll
take the heat over cold rain any day. We walked till we found a nice
campsite on the crest with a good open view to the South.

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The Hot Springs Trail: The Hot Springs Trail Is A 2,421-mile Backpacking Route That Connects Sacred Places With Healing Waters.

 

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