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    Gallatin Crest Trail (Windy Pass -> Bozeman, MT)

    My goal for the summer was to ride (a portion of) the Gallatin Divide Trail
    which traces ridgelines between Bozeman & Yellowstone.

    I’d read it was an amazing(ly tough) ride so I packed overnight gear and
    split the (ridiculous) miles and elevation into two (longer and heavier) days.
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    The climb up to Windy Pass (Cabin) and beyond isn't bad at all.

    My (then) 2 yo hiked portions last year.
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    From the crest the views only got better (Lone Mtn @ Big Sky ski area off on right, Sphinx on left) making easy justification for picture / breathing breaks.
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    The nicest (most ridable) singletrack was rumored to be in this section – and it was.
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    I saw one person all day – a bow-hunter well BEFORE Windy Pass -- but I was never alone…
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    Besides that there was still plenty of up…
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    AND down to remain focused on…
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    As the day wore on (and I wore out) the trail seemed to be getting rockier and rockier. (looking back saddle and trail from the last picture)
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    And before I knew it (or wanted it to be) the moon was out and the sun was receding and I was running low on water…
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    I spent 2 hours (headlamp) hiking down (what would’ve been) really nice riding terrain to make camp at Crater Lake. One (purelle-aided)
    campfire later and I was eating ramen and off to sleep (a mere 20 yards or so) near 5 bugling (screeching is more accurate) elk.
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    I was about 2/3 of the way back to the road but there was still plenty of singletrack) (climbing) before Hyalite Peak @ 10,300
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    With the ‘end’ in sight, I (very slowly) charged on, upwards, always upwards.
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    Thankfully I had plenty of reasons to stop and enjoy the view (of big horn sheep) and catch my breath
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    And have a drink…
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    My efforts were rewarded with views of the Absorokee-Beartooth, Bridger, Crazy, Gallatin, Madison, Spanish Peak and Tobacco
    Root mountain ranges. I’m headed back down (and beyond) the drainage right center, my bike is between Sphinx and Lone Peak.
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    Not many pictures of the 3000’+ and 8 (?) miles of rocky, rooty trail (I prefer Emerald, thank you very much.) singletrack was over before I knew it and then just 23+ miles of (mostly) downhill
    roads between me, a shower and the best tasting beer of my life! (Hyalite Peak upper right, Hyalite Lake left center)

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    Tip one for Anthony Sloan.

    I never met him but like so many others was inspired by his art (as well as the many talented contemporary posters) and the lifestyle to which we all aspire
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    Beautiful Pictures, what an adventure!

    I am very intrigued by bicycle camping, do you know how much did your pack weighed?

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    Great pictures!! What a ride that must of been.

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    Great photos, looks like a lot of fun. I can imagine not thinking about wearing sunscreen on that ride and getting absolutely fried!

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    I loved this post for the big views, the high country singletrack, and the dogged determination to cover some rough, high ground unsupported and alone. Nice work.
    The first mountain goat shot was really cool.

    Is this the area that is threatened by the dreaded Wilderness Designation? If so, that would be a shame to lose.

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    NICE..adventures are always fun in montana

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    Nice ride, how much of the trail did you actually travel on the bike?

    I hiked from the Hyalite TH out to the cabin and back in a day during the Devil's Backbone 50 miler this July. Seemed like most of the climbs, and quite a few of the descents, would be pushes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Is this the area that is threatened by the dreaded Wilderness Designation? .
    I believe it is.

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    Very nice !!

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    Flipping awesome!
    A bunch of my ride pics: http://uberfarm.com/mnf

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