Statistics: 4 miles roundtrip, ascent 2000 feet.
Although short in miles, this hike is long on stunning scenery, including marvelous views, mountain goats, colorful wildflowers and steep terrain.
Driving up Bridger Canyon from Bozeman, we arrived at the trailhead in about 28 miles. My daughter-in-law, Amy, joined us on this adventure. Once on the trail, we soon had a great view of pristine Fairy Lake.
Taking a quick breather, we took in the the terrain before us.
As we climbed toward a large cirque at the base of the mountain, we looked up to spectacular mountain peak views.
The cirque was a series of long switchbacks.
Pausing to take in the view of the Crazy Mountains behind us was well worth it. Yes, that is the official name.
Having the dogs along is always a joy. You might note there are three border collies in this picture. Amy added their pooch, Trouble, to the mix.
At the crest of the cirque, the trail to Sacagewea Peak turns off to the east or the left and the trail to Hardscrabble Peak turns off to the west or the right.
Ascending over very rocky terrain, we noticed that we were being watched by a pair of mountain goats.
The view to the north, over the Shields Valley was amazing.
We recorded our topping of this peak. The Gallatin Valley is behind us.
Before leaving this peak, we were surprised by a mother mountain goat and her baby standing just a few feet away. Definitely a highlight of the hike. She was not bothered by our presence, but we left to give her some space.
As we began to descend, we had a clear view of the Gallatin Valley to the south.
Walking down to Fairy Lake, the dogs were quick to take a swim. We were soon back at the car, completing this day’s hike.