Trail: West Yellowstone MT – Lion Head – Continental Divide
Ave mph: 3.1
Max 8.9 mph
Riders: Self – Dallas – Randall
Horses: J’Lo – (can’t remember the other names)
Dogs: No dogs – stayed in camp.
Notes: My week vacation in West Yellowstone combining trail riding and mounted shooting. I won both my shoots and moved up for a SL2 to an SL3 – bringing home 3 clean shooter checks and two match win checks. J’Lo did awesome.
Dallas, Randall and I loaded up early Friday morning and rode to the top of Lion Head. The trail meanders through alpine meadows and along the continental divide. The CD is directly in the center of a hog back all the way to the top of Lion Head. You can see the deep (very deep) gorges of the Gallitin Forest in Idaho on your left and the open, big sky country of Montana on your right. Dallas’s vertigo got the best of him but he was determined to take my picture near the edge – calling me Laurie Darl’in the mountain goat. We all had so much fun. I think it’s a memory Dallas will cherish forever – I know I will.
Click link for pictures of our West Yellowstone – Diamond P vacation and CMSA mounted shoot.
Riders: Self – Dusty – Ralph – Lee – Cynthia – Becky – Sonny
Horses: J’Lo – Honor – Rosie the Mule and others
Dogs: No dogs – too hot
Notes: Another great “Lee Ride.” We all met at Mann Creek by 9:00 AM. We bush-whacked across country (straight up) for several miles before connecting with a trail that took us up Benton Creek to Benton Saddle and on over to Sturgill Lookout. Some of the prettiest country I’ve seen in this area. At one point you can see both Halfway and Richland from the same vista. Gorgeous. Jack threw a shoe so I rode J’Lo. It was pretty intense for an arena pony but she did well. Maybe she will appreciate being a shooting horse after climbing straight up 4k feet.
Notes: One of the IMO teams was late getting back to camp. Dusty took the four wheeler and I took J’Lo to go find them. I met Dusty and Christine a few miles before the Stacy Crk. trail shoots off when Karen text me that the team had checked in and was OK.
Notes: Circle Four put on our first IMO ride since I’ve been a member. Karen and I rode the Stacy Creek portion of the loop to check on markers #2 and #3. This is going to be a challenging IMO but well worth it. Beautiful trail
Notes: A downed tree on Stacy Creek needed removed before our IMO the end of the month. I made a call to fellow Back Country Horsewoman Janine T. for help extracting said tree.
The tree wasn’t far up the trail from the trail head where Stacy Creek pours in to Mann Creek – also called: Deadhorse Gulch. *yikes*
We packed my saw and the rest of our gear on Bubba the mule and headed up stream. There are several challenging obstacles on this section of trail. The first and most difficult is getting across Mann Creek onto the Stacy Creek trail. Horses must navigate a 3-4 ft. rocky waterfall ledge.
Janine’s young dog, Chaps, had yet to make a creek crossing. The current is too strong for her to safely cross Mann Creek so I went back across and carried her over on J’Lo. J didn’t mind at all and Chaps acted like she owned the horse.
We cleared the tree without incident. It felt good to be clearing trail.