Of Peaks and Pachyderms.....
Today I sat atop a pachyderm of epic proportions. That being one Elephanthead Mountain, elevation 9,430 feet.
Given the spate of hot weather and hoot owl restrictions, hiking would be the order of the day, sans fishing tackle. I wanted to hit the trail early. But alas, I dallied and made it to the trailhead by 8:30. Much later than preferred. I was still recovering from Saturdays extravaganza, wherein I was up at 2:30 and out the door by three, trying to make it to a trailhead in the Beartooths for a morning hike and to catch a fish or two.
So, todays hike would be hiking for the sake of hiking. Just a little exercise. Take in a little scenery along the way.
It's a nice hike, maybe nine miles round trip, with a few thousand feet of vertical thrown in. The road to the trailhead is a little bumpy. En route, it passes the historic 63 Ranch.
In spite of the late start, I got lucky, much of the trail was still shaded. It was still comfortably cool, even walking through the open burned areas.