Columbia Mountain MT

12:26 a.m. on July 26, 2011 (EDT)
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Aprox 4,134 foot ascent in 5 miles.  About 2 miles in the trail descends about 348 feet that needs to be recovered again in order to reach the summit.  From the top you can see Flathead Lake, Blacktail Ski Resort, Whitefish Lake, The Big Mountain Ski Resort, Hungry Horse Reservoir, and.....to much to list.  The link below is a map of our hike.  Unfortunately, the battery in my Droid died about two hours from the trail head. 

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msa=0&msid=215605428651599400463.0004a8db90b74469a63fb
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12:42 a.m. on July 26, 2011 (EDT)
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7:36 a.m. on July 26, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanks for sharing the trip! What a beautiful area...

 

Did you all descend the next day?

9:29 a.m. on July 26, 2011 (EDT)
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Very cool. High places make you better.

12:09 a.m. on July 27, 2011 (EDT)
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Patman said:

Thanks for sharing the trip! What a beautiful area...

 

Did you all descend the next day?

 Yes.  Was bummed to discover my 16 (?) year old Eureka! Glacier Bay tent floor was no longer water proof.  Had fun camping with the snow in July.  Makes cleaning dishes a breeze!

2:42 p.m. on July 27, 2011 (EDT)
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Hiking with your boys - must be nice.  My (only) daughter is the typical young adult woman, not interested in muling a pack over hill and dale.  That's about the only regret I have, however, her presence is a joy in every other regard.

Ed

1:51 a.m. on July 30, 2011 (EDT)
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Hiking with your boys - must be nice.  My (only) daughter is the typical young adult woman, not interested in muling a pack over hill and dale.  That's about the only regret I have, however, her presence is a joy in every other regard.

Ed

 

That's funny because my 14yr old hates hiking and thinks it's stupid; until were on the trail. Last time we went out I asked "You having a little bit of fun?". He replied, "Way more than just a little bit.". I don’t get it...

8:44 a.m. on August 3, 2011 (EDT)
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LOL!  Just about the same for my 13 year old daughter!  "HATES" going, but once there usually has a blast.  :D 

By the way great post and pics, snow in the summer can be a lot of fun.  Did you end up sleeping on it, and if so how was the cold?  Any problems besides the water?  The few times in the past I ended up sleeping on snow it was quite cold.  But I did not have much in the way of a pad back then.

Wolfman

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