Sunday, December 11.  Coyote Coulee Trail #127. This trail is up the Lost Horse Creek drainage south of Hamilton, and it appears to be similar to the Larry Creek Trail near Bass Creek. I did a scouting trip, and this trail is south of the area badly burned by the Roaring Lion Fire, plus it is a well used trail that will be easy to follow. There is a restroom and information kiosk at the parking lot. The Forest Service handout I got says it is 8 miles around both loops. Other websites state a longer distance. I’m thinking of doing the first loop, plus the roughly 1 mile single track between the two, for about 6.5 miles total. The kiosk said there is over 1500’ elevation gain in the first loop, and minimal on the connecting trail, called the Homestead Trail. If conditions are good and people really want to, we could try both loops, but it would be better to wait for the longer days next spring when flowers will be out. Plan to bring some traction cleats. If we get some snow this will turn into a snowshoe hike. It sounds like people cross country ski in this area, so we can check out the terrain and decide if we want to go back later this winter. I will post some updated info later, but you can post a comment, or a facebook e mail, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.

Sunday, December 18. Lolo Pass Winter Outing.  Ski snowshoe, what ever. Julie Kahl This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, December 21.  EAST ST. MARY’S PEAK (MiSSion MTnS)
Rating: Class 3-4?; Distance: 7.5 miles round trip; Elevation Gain: 5500’
Description: WINTER SOLSTICE! Its been a few years since I was regularly climbing up East Saint on or near the Winter Solstice, so I figured it was about time to revive the tradition! If conditions are good, I plan to try something a little different- ascending via the Southwest Ridge. This route would require a 5500’ elevation gain over about 3 miles on a somewhat narrow ridge. I’ve always been interested in checking it out, so now is the time!  Would descend via the standard Southeast Ridge back to the reservoir then hike the road back to vehicle.  Equipment: Ski’s or snowshoes, or neither if we don’t get any snow.  Leader: Forest Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.