Last weekend Amy and I went on a girls trip to the Bighorn National Forest. Amy had been to the Bighorns camping and horseback riding as a kid; this was my first trip to these mountains. We got to Buffalo, Wyoming Saturday afternoon and arrived at Muddy Guard Cabin after we drove through Crazy Woman Canyon. Look for canyon pictures on the blog next week. Sunday was our big hike day and the content of this blog post. Monday we walked a shorter trail that started at the Circle Park Trail head. Again, pictures to come in a future blog post.
Above is the view when we started our hike. We had good intentions on beginning the hike at 7:30 am, unfortunately, Amy and I had trouble reading the map. There was a difference between how the map read and and road signage, or lack there of. We got to the Hunter Trailhead and started hiking at 9 am.
Amy’s goal was for us to see the Seven Brothers Lakes. Seven Brothers Trail is the path we took. It was a challenging hike with rocky terrain and steep switchbacks. When we thought we had enough of the extreme path we would come along a creek or meadow. The beauty of the first lake was enough to boost our enthusiasm and kept us moving forward.
The next few pictures are of the creek (or creeks) we walked along.
The autumn colors were just starting to show. Amy and I were blessed with beautiful weather, a brilliant blue sky and perfect cloud cover.
Amy and I had to hop, skip and jump to get across the creek. This lead us through a meadow and then the challenge of narrow, rocky trails elevating to 9,700 feet.
Another one of our goals was photography. We both brought our “big girl cameras.” This is the first time I used my big camera for close to a year. It took a little getting used to again. All the pictures on this post are via cell phone.
Amazing is how we remember the Seven Brothers Trail Lakes. The collage below contains pictures from several of the different lakes. The bottom picture is the rock we sat on and the view we took in while we ate lunch.
Seven Brothers Trail Lakes #6 and #7 are pictured below. Amy and I took lots of pictures at Lake #6 thinking we had made it to the end of the trail. Another hiker informed us that we were close and to keep hiking to see the amazing lake #7. We tiredly looked at each other and kept hiking. Lake #7 was worth the extra effort. We were closer to the mountains and surprised to find a sandy beach! The lake water was very clean, clear and gorgeous.
Below is the view we had leaving Hunter Trailhead. When we got back to the car we were glad to sit down and ready for a meal.
Two ranch wives hiking in the mountainous wilderness, taking pictures, cooking and visiting is a great way to spend a weekend. Amy and I both stepped outside our comfort zones. We challenged each other, our bodies and our map reading skills. Amy and I talked, laughed and lived! The sight and sounds of God’s spectacular beauty is something that refreshed our souls and is an adventure that will be close to our hearts for years to come.