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Sep 17th, 2008, 07:57 AM
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I'm so glad you had a great trip, cmcfong! We need to spend more time in the Red Lodge area. My husband has climbed Granite Peak a few times, but we've never spent much time hiking around Red Lodge.

Tell me more about the beers you liked. Our local brewery has just started bottling their Pig's Ass Porter. It's a great beer!

We're headed to Missoula this weekend for football, food, and some Slow Elk.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 09:10 AM
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Our favorite of the Red Lodge beers was Hefeweizen . The incredible Cara suggested it to one of us, the rest of us polished off his glass before he could try it and ordered pitchers from then on. We loved it. Granite Peak is a daunting climb and way out of my league, but the hikes to it are wonderful. We loved the area. If you and your husband can put your sweet little girl with a trusted sitter, Blue Sky Cabins would be a very romantic escape for you (with a view of Granite Peak). Have fun in Missoula, kurieff! Go Grizzlies.

John, we did not see any ptarmigan, but we did see some spectacular grouse, pheasant, hawks, eagles and owls. Really a birders' paradise!
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Sep 17th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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I've already looked up the cabins. They look great! It would be a good fall weekend getaway for us.

I'm so glad you had a good trip.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 04:29 PM
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I think you would love it, kurieff. I have to say, Montana has never been a disappointment. I have loved every trip there and can hardly wait to return.
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Sep 17th, 2008, 05:00 PM
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cmcfong,

I'm so glad to hear you had a good time. I like Red Lodge too. It must have been the Bistro I enjoyed for dinner. I couldn't remember the name extactly, but I think it had Bistro in it. Was it the place on Main St. with the nice wine selection?

Sounds like the hiking is great. I'll have to go back with friends so I can enjoy it.

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Sep 17th, 2008, 05:45 PM
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I will bet it was the Bridge Creek Bistro, Dayle. Very nice place with an excellent wine list. It is about midway down the main street which I believe is Broadway. It has the bar and a few tables on the left and a small gift shop area on the right as you enter. The main dining area is in the back behind the bar.

Definitely put it on the "to do" list. Great trip!
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Sep 18th, 2008, 08:01 AM
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Yep, that was the place!
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Sep 27th, 2008, 04:58 AM
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Sep 27th, 2008, 06:47 AM
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Thanks cmcfong.... Lovely report. Wow, I have so many places I want to go and now I have to add this to my list. I'd love to do what you did, before I get so old I can't hike anymore. I printed your report, will casually lay it on DH's desk marked "we must do this". Also looked at the cabins site.. great amenities! We have time share, so I'll have to check for condos in the area first, but think the cabins would be fantastic. Thanks again, loved it!!
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Sep 29th, 2008, 03:31 AM
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Sounds like a great trip. We have never visited Montana. Have to add it to our list. We have several friends who enjoy hiking together.

We recently returned from Lake Louise/Jasper with two other couples. We had fabulous weather and blue skies everyday except for the day we reserved to hike at Lake O'Hara--bummer. I've been wanting to return to the Rockies for 4 years to hike that area--we did easy hiking the day before, to save ourselves--and then rain, rain, rain--we knew there were mountains there somewhere.

We still had a fabulous week and our friends, were totally amazed with the unbelievable scenery. I am awed every time we visit. It is possibly the only place I could return to every year--except there are so many places that we haven't been.

Hope we get to hike Lake O'Hara someday. The rates at the Lodge are more than we want to pay, but what a spectacular location.
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Sep 29th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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Thanks for the great report, Montana is also on our "to-do" list. Those cabins look perfect! Sounds like you had a really nice time!
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Sep 29th, 2008, 06:02 AM
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A great trip report cmcfong; I got my first glimpse of Montana this summer on the Empire Builder train. Took probably 12 hours to cross east-west and Glacier Park was a highlight, just gorgeous! I felt it was a huge slice of America I'd been missing. Your trip report makes me want to explore that state MUCH more in depth...
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Sep 29th, 2008, 08:21 AM
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Here is a link to the photos, if you are interested. It is not necessary to join Facebook to view them.
http://tinyurl.com/3nqr5l

Linda, I just love the whole area between Banff and Jasper. It really is spectacular isn't it? Have you ever stayed at Mt.Engadine Lodge in Kannanaskis? It is much more reasonably priced than Lake O'Hara and enjoys some of that isolation.

Owlwoman and Daniel, I have read so many of your wonderful trip reports, I am glad mine interested you!

To anyone even thinking about Montana, all I can say is GO!
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Oct 14th, 2008, 11:45 AM
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Hi cmcfong-

What a lovely trip report! LOVE the photos - esp the morning view from your bedroom window. WOW!
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Oct 14th, 2008, 12:50 PM
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Thanks, yk. It was a great trip. I heard yesterday that the place we stayed had over 33 inches of snow! Sounds like we timed our visit well.
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Apr 15th, 2010, 05:25 AM
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Loving reading the trip report. It will help in planning this summer's trip.
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Jul 8th, 2010, 10:45 AM
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Jul 8th, 2010, 10:50 AM
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Glad to see this report again

We ate at a great restaurant - Carbon County Steakhouse(recommended by our hotel)
http://www.thepizzaco.com/steakhouse/

Heather is the owner/manager/menu designer? I'm not sure which - but the food was, by far, the best of the trip.

I had the best mussels I'd ever had (flown in fresh that day) and the seafood pasta special. Incredible! The steaks were good. Everything was good. HIGHLY recommend this place.

They were undergoing renovations and you had to enter from the back while they rebuild the front with outside patio dining. Even with the difficulty in finding the door, the place was packed on a weekday. A great find!
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Jul 8th, 2010, 03:37 PM
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Thanks for topping. I don't know how I missed your trip report when I started my research.

The cabins look gorgeous. Above our price range, but understandable. I am definitely thinking cabin for this trip, picnics, with one restaurant meal per day if it fits our outdoor activities, else eat in the cabin.

You answered a question I had about books--the Stone book or one of the Schneider books ("Best easy day hikes" or "Hiking the Absaroka-Beartooth"). You say the second Schneider is more thorough than the Stone book. I found someone else online who recommended the same book.

That person also suggested the Lake Fork Trail yet I see someone commented to you that it was for the under 30s.

The same person who suggested Lake Fork also recommended Red Lodge Pizza. So I am making my list.

I will look for some of the other hikes you list that I had not listed yet.

Starrs, thanks for your responses on my post. Our other visit to Yellowstone was in early June a few years ago. The roads in the park closed one day for snow and I think the Beartooth was just opening. I tried to hike up Mt Washburn in the snow, but settled for a picnic table part way up. September has the possibility of the least snow at the high elevations before the winter sets in again.

I am trying to remember my impression of the scattering of cabins that is Cooke City--did I think "Great, this would be dark for stars at night, quiet for wildlife, and relaxing." or "This is really depressing." I will try to jog my husband's memory of that day. I think we bought picnic supplies that we ate back in Yellowstone.

I will look at the possibility of taking Hwy 14 to circle from Cody to Billings. It looks like my kind of drive. Unfortunately my list of where I want to go/do is now longer than 3 full days on the ground allows. I'm thinking--"Can I really go back that close to Yellowstone and not go in looking for bison and the like?" Sigh.
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Jul 8th, 2010, 04:22 PM
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Kay, the Beartooth Parkway had just opened up when we were there (we were also the first to go over the Going to the Sun in Glacier). I was amazed at how much snow/ice there was. I did a hike in Arches with some ice still in the shadows (years ago) and it scared me to death. I just imagined slipping over the edge. The view of Delicate Arch was worth it, but...

Cooke City would be more depressing to me than relaxing but I live out in the country anyway. I like to have some civilization and restaurant options around me on trip. And I was just enchanted with Red Lodge. Didn't expect such a cute little town.

We stayed here - http://alpineredlodge.com/rooms.htm
It was on the north edge of town so I imagine you could see plenty of stars if not wildlife. The place is owned and run by a husband and wife team and they are super nice. The place is super clean. Simple, motor lodge type place with knotty pine paneled rooms. Our room had a cowboy motif. Cute without being over the top.

I wouldn't make the Hwy 14 drive unless you want to see Little Bighorn BUT it was a beautiful drive. One of the prettiest drives of our trip - and we covered a lot of ground in WY and MT.

Enjoy your return trip
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