Last week while I was driving back from Butte my friends called and said they would meet me in Big Timber for some hiking. As I’m not the biggest fan of driving, although I seem to constantly be road tripping somewhere, I jumped at the opportunity to break up the drive. We meet at Holly's Road Kill Saloon and jumped into one car. Then we headed to the trail head. The road was pretty bumpy, worse than the road to Delmoe Lake, and I was glad we were in a truck. When I got back to work and told coworkers about my hike they asked if I made it up the road so I am thinking the road may get bad/undriveable at times.
As we were hiking up the trail, my friend and I looked down and saw bear footprints. I don’t know a lot about prints but I am assuming they were a few days old or less. It had been raining for a few days so it was hard to tell. Luckily the prints were going in the opposite way we were hiking. I was glad we had 2 bear sprays and 2 guns. I hope I rarely run into wildlife, honestly, because it would be so tragic to have to spray/shoot something. I would love the least amount of encounter possible, that’s my hiking and backpacking goal!
The trail doesn’t gain too much elevation. Only about 500 feet total. As first the trail is flat then you do most the climbing and come around the bend to the beautiful river. My friend said the river has some great fishing and we hope to come back this summer so she can teach me how to fly fish. Above us were some awesome rocks and apparently caves. It is possible to hike to the caves but the hike is pretty strenuous. We decided not to hike it this time.
All in all it was a very fun little hike. My friends and I plan to go back and fish, maybe backpack in the area when it’s not snowing. The hike is pretty easy, with most the elevation gain right before you see the lake, which makes it easier! I highly recommend it if you are in the Big Timber/McLeod area.