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Highlights from the Gallatin Range

By Ann Driggers

A moose takes a dip in the Gallatin River.

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We spent four days exploring the outdoors paradise between West Yellowstone and Bozeman along the Gallatin River. Numerous trails provide access to the beautiful Gallatin range. The day after the epic ride, we decided to take it easy and go for a short run up to Lava Lake.

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The trail was in the forest all the way to the lake.

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Of course we couldn't stop at the lake and decided to continue on to Tabletop Mountain. And as usual our eyes were bigger than our legs. We ended up covering 13 miles and almost 4,000 feet of climbing. My quads got shredded on the run down and I'm still sore.

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Luckily the next day it rained so we were forced to take a rest, hanging out in Bozeman and catching up on things like laundry, which was very necessary after our muddy exploits. Our final day we met up with some GJ friends who happened to be in the 'hood. The boys went fishing on the Madison River and had a great time. They actually caught some big fish. Pictures do exist but I don't have my hands on them. I will try and post one later. The girls, me and my friend Krissy Steele, went on an awesome ride to Emerald Lake above Hyalite Canyon, just south of Bozeman. The trail was rocky, rooty and wet and a lot different from the terrain we are used to in the Grand Valley.

Krissy climbs a switchback on the Emerald lake trail.

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Emerald Lake was very pretty but we didn't hang out for too long as the mosquitos were bad, the first time we've really seen them out in force on the trip. Now we are headed north again, to Missoula, a town I'm excited to check out. I hear it has a lot of similarities with Grand Junction so I know I'm going to like it.

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