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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hyalite Canyon Visit

Michelle and I decided, on the spur of the moment, to take a little road trip to Bozeman.
The roads are good right now, so we jumped at the window of opportunity.

Hyalite Lake is a reservoir that provides water for the city of Bozeman. It is located about 30 minutes from town. The stream that leaves the lake makes its way through the Gallatin Valley, running across the west end of the land my father ranched for over 50 years (but was sold in 2006).

The lake was frozen, but there were areas showing signs of melting. A few people were ice fishing, but we only walked out on the lake a little ways, feeling sort of uncertain about the stability of the ice. It was melting where the water was moving.

This is an area I visited quite a bit growing up. I had not been there in the winter for a very long time, however. It is a lovely recreation area and they have done a lot of improvements - adding trails, etc.

I recently read that this is the best ice climbing region in the lower 48.

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