Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TR: Mt Aeneas in Jewel Basin, MT

After our short jaunt in Glacier/Waterton National Parks, we were still hungry to hike.  So after consulting with a few guidebooks and rangers we settled on hiking Mt. Aeneas.  Located in the Jewel Basin, Mt. Aeneas is an ideal peak.  Not too long (6 mi?) and it's a loop.  There aren't very many peaks you can hike on a loop hike, and pretty much the entire trail was beautiful.  From the wildflowers, the ridges, the lakes, and to Kai bear's bum.  OK, I'll let the pics do the talking from here.  

Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium), flowers, young leaves, shoots are all edible... in fact, I'd love to try some fireweed ice cream next time I'm in AK.    
Elderberries - Elderberries contain more vitamin C than any other fruit except for rosehips and black currants and are an excellent source of phosphorus and potassium, anthocyanins, vitamin A and a fine source of calcium
beautiful colors on the well maintained trail...
Kai is out...
once you reach the ridge, you reach a microwave tower...
And a beautiful view of the lakes in Jewel Basin below.  In our counter clockwise loop, we stayed on the ridge up to the summit then dropped back down past these lakes on our way back to the car.  

big horn sheep poo... we saw some, but they were really far away.  Need a zoom lens.  
Looks like a fun destination in winter too.  
Summit snack for Kai.  
Summit shot!

down at Birch Lake
forgot what this is called... anyone?  

our post hike celebration beverage...
And soon, we were following some arrows pointing to the Mahaffey's.  

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