July 23, Day 31 – The Skyline Trail

We got moving pretty early this morning and had a hitch in about 10 minutes. Since we were going to be going back through West Yellowstone this evening we decided to leave most of our gear at the hotel and only carried our food, water and bear protection. These light packs made our 2,200’ climb very easy. Once at the top of the climb we walked a few miles across a basin and then descended down into a different river valley. The wildflowers were beautiful and the trail was smooth! We then had a 1,000’ climb over a few miles and I saw a lone bull elk at the top. He was majestic! The other side of this last ridge had us looking down at Hebgen Lake and the town of West Yellowstone in the distance. This meant I had phone service so I made a lot of calls. It made the long and windy descent go by really fast. We got down to Red Canyon Trailhead and I went down to the creek down a dirt road to get some water and found a couple heading back to town who graciously gave us a hitch. Look at that, another quick hitch! I really hope our luck doesn’t run out any time soon. We spent a few hours in town doing our resupply and resting before hiking 3 miles straight south out of town along some dirt roads. These roads will lead us back to the official CDT, which we haven’t been on since the day we camped at Many Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Miles: 22.2 Total Miles: 474.6

Elevation of Camp: 7,075’

The trail we hiked today is called The Skyline Trail for good reason

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