8/6/15 Day 104 – Saddle M2202 to Harkness Lakes M2234.2 8441′

Tent  – Nights Spent Alone: 15

32.2, 2040.7 Trip Miles
Mostly Cloudy and Rain / Hail / lightening

6:13 to 8:20 pm

Day’s of Snow: 8 – Day’s of Rain: 37 – Days of Hail: 18

# of Zero days: 11

Gila Crossings Final Total:  221

Tick Count: 4 (4 more crawling on me)

Wanted List

Mountain Goat

Grizzly Bear


Black Bear

Bighorn Sheep


Mountain Lion

Beaver – SPOTTED




Critter Count

3 Chipmunks


1) 618 Pronghorn*

2) 384 Elk*7

3) 267 Chipmunks *5

4) 174 Deer*2

5) 153 Marmot*4

6) 120 Lizards*6

7) 116 Wild Horses

8) 92 Squirrels *9

9) 60 Ground Squirrels*10

10) 54 Pika

11) 46 Cotton Tail Rabbits *8

12) 30 Prairie Dogs

13) 22 Horny Toads

14) 17 Jack Rabbit*3

15) 14 Moose

16) 8 Snakes

17) 5 Coyotes

18) 5 Moles

19) 4 Porcupine

20)  2 Mouse

21) 2 Fox

22) 2 Rattle Snakes

23) 2 Toads

24) 1 Beaver

25) 1 Badger

26) 1 Skunk

27) 1 Weasel

*259 from car, *2 – 48 from car, *3 – 1 from car, *4 – 2 from car, *5 – 1 off trail, *6 – 1 off trail, *7 – 9 from car, *9 – 1 from car, *10 – 5 off trail

Well the wind lasted most of the night. The rain didn’t last very long. I had to prop up my individual food bags and pack on my left side, the door side of my tent to block the rain and wind from hitting me.

When we woke up we were in the clouds. The result was everything was damp. At lunch we would have a yard sale to dry out. The day started off with wet grass, cool temperatures, and low clouds. It wasn’t until noon that the clouds final started to lift and we got some decent sunshine.

The hiking itself was much easier than yesterday. We had s few climbs but they weren’t too bad. Beaverhead National Forest containing Nicholia Creek was very pretty. I will come back and ride this section of trail.

The landscape has mainly been open sage fields with small sections of trail cutting through thick or some times very thin spruce? forests. The mountain sides are barren for the most part. Just grass and sage. Once in a while there’s a group of trees or willow covered valley. As simple as it is the beauty is there if you look.


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