This 13.5 mile hike prove to be a premier portion of the Continental Divide Trail. The majority of the 3,000 foot elevation change occurs at the beginning and end of the hike. After shuttling vehicles, we ventured up the stairs in the east side of Flescher Pass.
The views on both sides of the divide were fabulous as clear skies were predominant, until some afternoon thunderstorms at the end of our hike. We observed the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, the prairie including Square Butte, and the Rocky Mountain Front. We had a comforting breeze periodically and the temperature was in the upper 70’s. Tall and abundant grass lined the trail and filled the meadows as well as a diverse assortment of colorful and unique flowers.
The forested areas contained many standing and fallen dead trees covered with chartreuse colored moss. The geology was amazing with a variety of shales, sandstones and feldspar conglomerates and outcroppings of weathered rocks.
We encountered hikers who ere traversing the CDT (Continental Divide Trail). They were from Germany, London, Texas, Colorado, and Wisconsin. They all had started in Mexico, but when in Colorado the late snow caused them to fly up north and work back down to Colorado. One hiker shares with us that his friend had tried to make it through Colorado, but broke his leg.
All in all it was a beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company and appreciated nature’s unending beauty. We got on trail at 8:15 and ended the day at 4:30. Who went: Amber Susan’s c Susan W. Camille Beth Ronni Paula Mary S..