Beyond the Caldera – Back to the Beartooths

In 2011, I spent barely 30 minutes crawling around a patch of outcrops on the road to Lulu Pass.

In 2012, I took eight hours to drive the 64 miles across it, stopping to take a picture approximately every 30 feet.In 2013, I slept overnight in a dimly lit motel room on it, on top of the world.In 2014, I drove across it again while following a geologic road log, then slept in my car in a rain–drenched rocky canyon.Earlier this month I reconnoitered two of its high–country trails and told myself that I would be back before summer has faded to autumn.

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Island Lake, Beartooth Plateau