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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Trail Mix: Mountain West

Wildflowers in Indian Peaks, CO, an old climbers' trail in Wyoming, and more.

by: Maren Kasselik

Photo by Glenn Randall
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Photo by Glenn Randall

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Hollowtop Mountain, Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF, MT

Earn never-ending views of the jagged Tobacco Roots Range, the deep Gallatin Valley, and the lush Cataract Creek drainage spotted with year-round snowfields from the high point of this volcano. Skirt around the marshy western shore of granite-bordered Upper Mason Lake and head up into the white-bark pine trees—home to moose, black and grizzly bears, elk, and elusive gray wolves. Continue past treeline into an area of mixed grass and talus, topping out in 4 miles (2,500 vertical feet) at Hollowtop’s 10,609-foot summit. Contact (406) 683-3900; Website




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