Thanks, Nikki, for this exciting play-by-play of the experience you and Chase shared here!
This adventure took place this past weekend. My husband, Chase, and I went camping at Lake Como on friday night and awoke early the next morning to run up Trapper Peak, the tallest mountain in the Bitterroots! The trail is a steep 8.4 miles round trip, but the hard breathing and sore legs are well worth the price to pay for the views.
Indescribably beautiful. The rock walls, cliffs and formations are CRAZY up there!
On top of that, we lucked out with animal sitings. We saw an elk herd cross a river, the mist still rising in the early morning light, a mountain goat on a distant rock ledge, and....a MOUNTAIN LION! We saw it a good distance away (but enough to quicken my heartbeat). It was moving in the direction we were headed, then it leapt up onto a boulder, crouched, and watched us. I saw it's tail flick from side to side, registered what it must be, and quickly set off in a direction to circle far around it- luckily it didn't stalk us!
Expeditions like this one always overwhelm me with wonder and awe for Montana beauty and thankfulness that our bodies can handle getting outside like this - it's such a gift! It is exciting to see Alpine help people conquer their mountains, no matter how big or small, literal or firuative they seem to be.