Three from Burnt Creek
I just spent three days in the Burnt Creek Wilderness Study Area, a small roadless area in the eastern foothills of Idaho’s Lost River Range. It’s always immensely satisfying to be on a 9,500′ summit and still very much in the foothills. The ranges up here are all still heavily snowbound, and spring is only just beginning. A few nervous-looking lupines were essaying a bloom, and some alpine groundflowers were taking advantage of their hardy genetics, but most of the land was still awaiting warmer days. Wildlife was out in force, though. In a short space, I watched a bear climb an aspen tree, viewed a herd of elk as they whistled at me from the next ridge over, and then immediately turned to see a row of bighorn heads peering at me from the skyline. And the drive in and out was loaded with pronghorn.
Elkscape, Mount Corruption presiding (full size recommended):
One of the most politically incorrect summits still on the map, Squaw Tit sits above the Burnt Creek drainage, with Bell Mountain in the Lemhi Range behind: