Monthly Archives: August 2008

Naomi Peak (Utah) 24-Aug-2008

Naomi Peak Utah

This was the last hike on our great Western U.S. roadtrip, this time 20 miles east of Logan, Utah. Our previous hikes on this trip were in forested terrain very similar to that in western Oregon. The area around Naomi Peak (9,980 feet) in Utah’s Mount Naomi Wilderness is more reminiscent of that around Bend or Sunriver – as was the weather – in the high 80ºF range with 11% humidity. A short hike but definitely something a little different for this trip.

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Hyalite Lake (Montana) 21-Aug-2008

Hyalite Lake Montana
As part of our big Western U.S. roadtrip in August, we tried to do a “local” hike in each area we visted. While in Bozeman, Montana we heard about the popular Hyalite Creek Trail located only a few miles outside of town. It was reported to boast a nice trail, 11 waterfalls, a lake, and a summit.  The weather wasn’t fully cooperating (happy turning to sad) but we figured with 11 waterfalls, we’d get to see at least one before it started raining. Continue reading

Scalplock Lookout (Glacier National Park) 18-Aug-2008

Scalplock Lookout Glacier National Park Montana

In August, we went on a major roadtrip through the Western U.S., stopping for a few dayhikes along the way. Our goal was hikes that were local favorites, rather than major tourist attractions. We had explored some of the more familiar hikes around Logan Pass in the heart of Glacier National Park but had been put off by the heat and crowds. {We would subsequently learn that the best time to visit Glacier is between the last week in August and the middle of September, when most folks holidays are over.} While staying at the Izaak Walton Inn in Essex, Montana, we learned of  Scalplock Lookout Trail, located at the very southern tip of the Park and well away from the usual tourist venues.

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