Bill, Rio and I decided to head up toward Marion and take a short hike above the Bitterroot Lake area today. We didn’t have any particular trail in mind, mainly because we didn’t know of any. When we arrived at the pass northeast of the lake, we found that there was snow on the road. So we stopped at a logging trail and hiked along that for quite a distance. The views weren’t the greatest–mostly just trees and valleys–but we had a good time.
One branch of the logging road ended at a rock crushing area. Apparently workers had gouged rock from the adjoining hill and crushed it, leaving several large piles of gravel around. It didn’t appear that the gravel had been used for quite some time, as there were trees growing from the middle of the piles.
We saw lots of fresh elk tracks & droppings, but no elk.
Stay tuned for Part II, where we’ll see several interesting birds over at Smith Lake.