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I just got back from spending a week in the Bitteroot Valley of Montana, then a couple days visiting Glacier National Park. This was more of a regular vacation than an outdoor excursion, but we still managed to do a little fishing and hiking.

The lake below was a glacier lake we hiked to at over 7000 feet, and then got caught in a snowstorm on the way down. It was in the high 20's up there. Here are some pictures:



Below is a picture of a ghost town in Granite, Mt.







Below is the elusive ten point that only showed his face three times the whole week-he was gorgeous. This picture doesn't do him justice. Saw several other great bucks on the ranch too. This was on the property we were staying on.



The rest below are from Glacier Park. I saw a grizly that day. Throughout the week I saw whitetail, mule deer, elk, turkeys, black bear, a wolf or coyote, hard to tell....was a long way. Also mountain goats and ramhorn sheep were seen by others with us.









According to all the data at the Park, eighty percent of the glaciers have melted since 1890, and they expect them all to be gone by 2030. I think there are only six left. It was beautiful country out there.
 

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Super pic's. I can take you to that Ghost town blindfolded. We hunt out of Philipsburg with Big M Outfitters one mile south of town. Did you stop in the Sunshine Station?
 

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Uplander- No we didn't stop there. is it a bar or resturant or something? We did stop in Phillipsburg and grabbed some coffe and ice cream at some little joint but that was about it.

We took 38 from Hamilton all the way through the Saphire mountains and came out on Rt. 1 near Phillipsburg. After that we took 1 down through the town of Anaconda, then back West to Wisdom, then back over to Rt. 93 where we were staying. Saw a bear feeding on a hillside outside of Anaconda.

What do you hunt for out there through that outfitter?
 

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Sunshine station is a gas station/bar/restaurant all under one roof. Good food and the people who own are nice. We always go across the Skalkaho pass (Rt.38) from P-burg to Hamilton on our way to Missoula after the hunt. We hunt for elk & mule deer. Leaving for Big Sky Oct 28, to hunt first week of November in the rifle season. If you ever go back out there, check out the Fairmont Hot Springs resort. Pretty neat. Pools are about 95 degree's.
 

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There is nothing like Montana for an outdoorsman. I am looking forward to going back this November. I'll be in the eastern part of the state so I won't get all the beauty of the west. Thanks for sharing the pics.
 

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I was in Glacier back in 2002.
Great place. We went looking for wildlife every evening, saw plenty of goats and sheep, no bears or moose.

Favorite spot was Hidden Lake - I really messed up and did not bring along my fly rod on that trip. Never again. For a while after our trip, the wife and I talked about moving to WhiteFish...
 

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Undertaker- that's awesome that you're able to make it out there so often. I can't even imagaine. That drive across 38 is something else. I saw more whitetails out there in general than mulies.

Andy- Yea I saw the grizly right along Going to the Sun road hangining on the side of the brush eating near the beginning, it was something else.

We stopped in all those towns. Big Fork, Whitefish, and even stayed in Kalispell two nights when we went to Galacier. We actually really like the Bitteroot Valley further South where we stayed earlier in the week. Whitefish is a little too Yuppie for me, and that's coming from someone who married into a yuppie family haha. The real estate in that area was outrageously high.

Hamilton was definately our favorite town. I liked Misoula as well. Flatstone Lake was unbelieveable too.
 

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VaPa, you guys deffinetly covered some ground. I am envious of all the places you were!
 
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