Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hyalite Lake

Instead of sharing a handmade card.  I decided to share with you a trip our family made yesterday.  We went for an 11 mile hike round trip, just 20 minutes away from our house.  It took us 6 1/2 hours total, which included lunch, photos, and rest stops.

Before sharing the photos.  Here is a summary of the hike:  The Hyalite Creek Trail is the premier hike in the entire Bozeman area.  The trail passes eleven waterfalls in a deep canyon with massive cliff walls and majestic peaks.  The hike ends at Hyalite Lake, a high mountain alpine lake in a horseshoe - shaped basin.  The lake is surrounded by the craggy peaks of Fridley Peak and Hyalite Peak.    

This is our map of our hike.  We started at Hyalite Creek and went to Hyalite Lake.

Grotto Falls (Megan & I)

Apex Falls (Steven & I)

Arch Falls

Champagne Falls was so surreal that we stayed here and ate our lunch.

Chasm Falls

The log footbridge we had to cross to get over Hyalite Creek below the base of the Apex Falls.

Divide Peak

An Enormous Mushroom upside down with it's stump off.

Grotto Falls (Megan & Nick)

Close up of Hyalite Lake with Fridley Peak

Our view entering Hyalite Lake

U - Shaped Canyon

Shower Falls (Megan, Steven, Peanut (dog), and I)

S'Il Vous Falls


Just another great view of what you'll see.

This is what the path looked like about the last two miles.

Needless to say, today has been a much needed rest day.  It's been hard going up and down stairs.  So I wanted to get this posted and get back up the stairs.  That way I didn't have to walk anymore (ha,ha).  Last week we walked 7.2 miles.  I will be posting those soon.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  As you can see we surely did.  Shawn :)

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