One of my best friends came to Bozeman and I decided it would be fun for us to hike. It had been years since I had been to Fairy Lake so we went for it. What I didn't know was the road was closed so we ended up having to hike about 3 miles, which was fine until it started snowing!
Where: Fairy Lake
When: May 2018
One of things I've been enjoying most about being home has been hiking. I've hiked and walked the pups more now than I ever have. It feels great to be outside in nature and let the world melt away. I've also started a workout routine and I feel great! A friend that I knew in Reno reached out and said that I look so happy now, that I am glowing, and she is right. I've started treating my body better, working out and eating vegetarian, and I've been giving myself a break. My life became a little bit of a mess when I left Montana and I did feel like I lost myself; however, being home and taking care of myself I am starting to feel like my old self again.
The hike was absolutely beautiful. We parked at the last gate and took an old road through the trees. The gate is open now all the way to the top. The only complaint I had was the road up there. It's pretty rough, about 7 miles rutted to the point of driving 5 MPH. We felt like the kept hearing weird noises as we hiked so we hiked with out bear spray in hand. We saw tracks from another person and their dog but never did end up running into them. On the way down we met a couple with two dogs and it scared the crap out of me as I was already nervous from hearing noises.
It started to snow on us almost at the beginning of the hike but luckily the hike winded through the trees so we didn't get too wet. To help with animals I played my music loud. As you can see as we approached the top we were met with snow. We had to climb this giant snow hill at the end and almost missed the lake. When we made it to the lake it was extremely windy so we snapped a few pictures and headed back down, stopping for a beer at MAP before heading home.
If you live in Montana you can buy bear spray at Costco for a decent price. I highly recommend it for any hiking you do in case you have to use it against any wild animal(s) and even humans... you never know! I wore my Teva waterproof Ahnu hiking boots with my Darn Tough dry socks. I think my feet stayed a little drier than Amber's. I wore fleece lined leggings with my Roxy ski jacket I bought at Sun Valley a few years ago. And of course I had my trusty Osprey backpack. I bought it in a bright color, orange, so I could stand out in photos. I recently went hiking with a friend and she said she loved the pack because she can always spot me. I usually buy neutral clothes but switched it up and I actually love the bright colors. As you can see I stand out against this moody background.
Fairy Lake is a beautiful area to hike in the summer and I highly recommend it. Honestly it's beautiful all year round. I believe you can still ski up there too if you are sad about ski season being over. There is a hike, Sacagawea Peak, that I've done once and would love to do again.