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Mountain moments: Trek off Beaten Path supplies solitude

Mountain moments: Trek off Beaten Path supplies solitude

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The black bear appeared to swim 300 yards across the mountain lake with little effort.

When we cheered it with hoots, hollers and clapping after it successfully reached the opposite shore, the startled bruin sprinted 100 yards up a 45-degree slope before slowing to catch its breath. What a display of athleticism.

Backcountry horse riding

Audra Bintz and John Jenkins pack out of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness after hauling in gear for a trail crew.

Mountain trout

Yellowstone cutthroat trout are stocked in some of the high mountain wilderness lakes.

Casting

An angler casts into Lake of the Winds in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. The high mountain pool is accessible off the well-trod Beaten Path.

Huckleberry

Wild huckleberries dot the Beaten Path.

Sunset

The setting sun reflects off the rocks surrounding a calm Lake of the Winds in the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

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