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Philip Kuntz / 4 items

N 200 B 4.6K C 66 E Sep 27, 2017 F Jan 11, 2019
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Three prominent peaks of this major mountain range. Here we have Squaw, Pilot and Index peaks.

"The Absaroka Range stretches about 150 mi (240 km) across the Montana-Wyoming border, and 75 miles at its widest, forming the eastern boundary of Yellowstone National Park along Paradise Valley (Montana), and the western side of the Bighorn Basin. The range borders the Beartooth Mountains to the north and the Wind River Range to the south. There are 46 other peaks over 12,000 ft (3,700 m). The range is drained by the Yellowstone River and various tributaries, including the Bighorn River." Wiki

Have a wonderful Friday and weekend!

Tags:   Absaroka Range Squaw Peak Pilot Peak Index Peak mountains Yellowstone river Beartooth HIghway Wyoming

N 249 B 4.3K C 55 E Sep 27, 2017 F Aug 23, 2018
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Looking across this lovely lake at the geologic wonder that is Beartooth Butte.

"Beartooth Butte is a formation that has a completely different geologic origin than the surrounding area. During the Devonian period (420 - 360 million years ago) this entire region was covered by a vast sea. For several million years sediments deposited on that sea bottom compacted tighter and tighter to ultimately become sedimentary rocks. The resulting layer of rock, named the Beartooth Butte Formation, was at least 150 ft thick. Here on the Beartooth Plateau, the layer has been eroded away everywhere except here at Beartooth Butte.

The sedimentary rocks that make up Beartooth Butte are loaded with fossils from the various organisms that died and were buried in the ancient ocean."
re: montanahikes.com

As always your visits, comments and faves are appreciated!

Tags:   Beartooth Butte Beartooth Lake Beartooth Pass Beartooth Highway fossils geology Wyoming

N 259 B 8.0K C 80 E Sep 27, 2017 F Jun 1, 2018
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Pilot Peak, with Index Peak to the right.

Pilot Peak is a striking pinnacle in the immediate northeast of Yellowstone National Park. It is part of the volcanic Absaroka Range which forms the massive eastern escarpment of Yellowstone Plateau. The name Pilot Peak, and it's obvious neighbor, Index Peak, refer to the alignment of the two summits. From the north, they line up to resemble the sight on a mariner's sextant. They proved invaluable to pioneers of the Greater Yellowstone region since they, along with the nearby Tetons, mark the boundaries of the steaming plateau known as Colter's Hell. The Washburn expedition in 1870, credited with 'discovering' Yellowstone Park, used Pilot Peak to guide them to the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the incredible Geyser Basins beyond. This expedition, armed with photographs by Jackson and paintings by Thomas Moran, convinced Congress to pass the Organic Act of 1872, creating the world's first National Park. The words are inscribed on the Roosevelt Arch outside of Gardiner, Montana: "...to be preserved ... for the benefit and enjoyment of the people."

Sure glad they saved this precious area for posterity.

Happy Friday!

Tags:   Pilot Peak Index Peak Absaroka Range Beartooth Pass Beartooth Highway Yellowstone Wyoming Peaks mountains forests

N 286 B 6.3K C 52 E Sep 27, 2017 F Nov 8, 2017
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Looking across Beartooth Lake at the Butte of the same name.

The lakes sits at 8900 feet, up nice and high. While I was in Yellowstone in late September I had made reservations in Red Lodge MT with the intent and hope of driving the scenic Beartooth Highway. But an early snowstorm closed the highway and I couldn't get past the pass to Red Lodge. This is not uncommon for this high altitude pass. I was bummed. However good friend Rodney Lange and I did make it as far as this impressive lake and it's majestic peak so we did get a taste of what lie ahead. I was very impressed. I will return to try again some year.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tags:   Beartooth Lake Beartooth Butte Beartooth Scenic Highway snow Y_Ext_Montana wyoming


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