June 23, 2015 On the morning of June 22, the Bitterroot National Forest Wilderness Intern crew hiked up the Sweeney Ridge Trail. We hiked up in a quite literal sense: gaining 1,800 feet in the first 2 miles, and then 500 in the last half mile. They were a long 7 miles, during which we silkied and crosscutted our way toward the campsite at Duffy Lake. Grueling aside, we were rewarded with beautiful views of glacier-carved mountains, wildflowers, and alpine lakes.
This overnight project closed out the field portion of our first hitch, setting the tone for the rest of the season; exhausting, challenging, rewarding, and indescribably beautiful.
Melinda Horne-University of Montana