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 Post subject: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:24 pm 
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Finding stable snow offering high quality shreddability has been difficult at best around this parts this season. Hyalite has had one of the best snowpacks (in terms of stabilty and quality) around so far. I've been doing lots of quick-hit tours up there, but hadn't ventured towards any of the higher peaks until Saturday.
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Second attempt on the peak, and second failure for exact same reason as last time (touchy windslabs, which seem to be the norm on the perfectly isolated n/ne headwall). Still, the basin offers up tons of fun terrain with outstanding snow.
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Sorry for the skier!
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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:20 pm 
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yeah man montana looks sweet. whats the closest civilization to this?

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:42 pm 
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These are the most local mountains (besides the Bridgers I guess) to Bozeman, MT. A 40 min drive from town puts you at the trailhead. Pretty rad.

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:33 pm 
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Great trip report, I hope SW Montana gets more snow soon.

No idea what the winter road situation is in Hyalite Canyon during the winter anymore but there is also great skiing in the back south end bowl of The Flanders Creek Drainage (rarely visited drainage between Emerald Lake Trail/EF Hyalite Creek & Hylalite PK/Creek Trail, see topo). When I went to school at MSU we would make it close to Pallisade Falls with 4WD even when they didn't plow the canyon (at all) in the early part of season, then we would cross EF Hyalite and head South into the bowl at the back of Flanders (usually a pretty easy trip through the forest on the E side of the drainage). I liked the much shorter approach to turns in the back of The Flanders drainage than going all the way back up toward Hylalite Peak or Blackmore and it is a nice change of pace from the N Bridgers. You can also link up a pretty easy tour dropping over the ridge into The EF Hyalite Creek/Emerald Lake drainage (obvious pass is best) from Flanders, would recommend returning via Flanders. Above Emerald Lake, there is some worthwhile terrain that is pretty easy to access and skin. There are a lot of different aspects to exploit in the N end of Emerald Baisin and it is often suprisingly protected from the wind especially the West corner.

There are also some classic long skinny couloirs that the more adventurous can access from the sharp ridge above Heather Lake that drop back into the main Hylalite drainage near Cupids Heart. If you decide to give those couloirs a go, bring two 50m ropes and be ready to finish the run off with a rappel (from small trees), same advice if you ride in the drainage above Silken Skein.


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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Hitting up some deep country in the Northern Gallies on an overnighter this weekend!

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
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Sam: Yes! Where are you going?
nwkayaker, thanks for the info! I have spent a lot of time in Flanders and the East Fork (some photos of a couloir that we rode up there in this post if you're curious). I really love it up there. The East Fk/Flanders tour is a great combo.

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
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What is this "skiing" that you speak of? That's an awesome still shot. If that were me, minus the skis of course, I'd get the biggest print that I possibly could and make my girlfriend look at it everyday!


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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
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Haha, thanks dude. I liked the way that shot turned out too.

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
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Ty is Gittin some air haha.

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
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Looks sweet! Nice air too!

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 Post subject: Re: Upper Hyalite Creek Basin, Southwest Montana
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nickstayner wrote:
Sam: Yes! Where are you going?


We went out to Alex Lowe basin.

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