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Yellowstone Adventure

Written by Craig and posted on August 5th, 2013 | Leave A Comment »

Yellowstone Adventure

One of my favorite places on this earth is Yellowstone National Park, it is hard to describe the peace and serenity I get when I visit. This summer I had the opportunity to fulfill a desire I have had for several years. I wanted to hike into Heart Lake and see if what I have been reading is accurate is supposedly has the largest fish average size in all the lakes in the park. It is also an 8.1 mile hike so over 16 miles in a day trip with a 45 plus pound pack is quite the challenge. One of my buddies just as crazy as I am was up for the trip here are some photo’s of us about 5.5 miles into the hike:

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Backpacking 22 miles to the Yellowstone back country my new hobby! photo 1009785_10201870381747520_1607962678_n.jpg

You can see the lake in the background and it was frustrating to see how far we still were on the map away even though it looked so close to us. You had to walk around all of the geothermal features like witches creek:

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Backpacking 22 miles to the Yellowstone back country my new hobby! photo 998862_10201870381307509_2138264354_n.jpg

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Backpacking 22 miles to the Yellowstone back country my new hobby! photo 262620_10201870380107479_573762960_n.jpg

We were warned in the back country office that this was in the middle of grizzly country. The trail to riddle lake about 2 miles away was closed due to bear activity in fact. I was told there had been grizzly bear attacks on this trial in the past and even a fatality. I thought maybe this is just the story they tell everyone heading into the back country just to scare them but we came prepared with bear bells and bear spray just in case. We started hiking at 5am in the dark with headlamps. Look at what I saw on the trial to the lake, we were not the only ones who used this trail in the last 12 hours:

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We did make it to the lake but it was a lot longer than I expected. I did not stop when I started to feel a burn in my foot thinking I could push on and they were just “soar” from hiking. When I finally was convinced to stop by my hiking partner I discovered a silver dollar size blister on the ball of one foot and a quarter sized blister on the other. We broke out the surgical tape and mole skin which helped but it was a miserable 11 more miles of hiking in pain to get to the lake and get out. We got to fish for a few hours and once we figured out the pattern caught some beautiful wild cuts:

We have already made plans for a return visit soon but it will be at least a 2 night trip, it is quite a large lake with a ton more to explore and there are also supposed to be very large lake trout lurking there waiting to meet me. Until next year Yellowstone!

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