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South Willow Creek/Bell Lake, Tobacco Root Mountains, MT


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Just a few photos from a June 14 day hike to Bell Lake in the Tobacco Root Mountains.  Access is via FS Road 160 out of Pony, MT and the FS Trail 6305.  The hike is a modest 6 mile round trip with about 2,000' of elevation gain.  I should note that the winter of 2014-2015 was very mild with a resulting thin snowpack.  In a normal year, most of the area traversed would still have been buried by several feet of snow in the middle of June.

About 3/4 mile from the trail head-north side of Branham Peaks.
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Upper South Willow Creek heading off the first hanging valley headwall.
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The token canine photo.  We did run into a little snow but in a normal year, there would  still be 4 to 8' of it over all this area.
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Bell Lake and un-named mountain (about 10,400').
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Branham Peaks.  The slope failure on the right has dumped a lot of sediment in the lake and it would appear that catastrophic failure at some point is likely.
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Another shot of Bell Lake.
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While we were at the lake, the wind pushed the ice away from the outlet so my wife got a little time in with the fly rod.  Yellowstone cutthroats.
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South Willow Creek near the trail head.
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