Monday, February 06, 2017

Hot Springs Trail ~ Part 35 / Idaho Centennial Trail ~ Part 14 ~ Clark Fork to Samuels

At Clark Fork we took a night off in a cozy motel.

Apparently, we had just missed the legendary Yeti who is the creator of the Idaho Boundary Trail. He was hiking it for a second time and just released a guide book for his route.

We met Yeti for the first time while hiking the Continental Divide Trail in Lima, MT in 2013 on Stacey's birthday of all days.

On our first night out of Clark Fork, I awoke in the middle of the night to a bear crashing downhill through the brush. When it came out into the open I had to politely tell it that we had first dibs on the campsite.

After lounging comfortably at Lake Darling we came face to face with yet another foraging Moose.

The views from the Mt. Pend Oreille area were awesome. One could see Sandpoint, Idaho in the near distance.

There were about 100 new trees down along this ridge crest all the way to the Hemlock Trail.

 It seemed like high winds uprooted many of them and broke off dead snags to block the trail.

From the Hemlock Trail we descended into Samuels on Highway 2. We opted to hitch into Sandpoint some 11 miles away. We got a ride within the first minute we put our thumbs out there.



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