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Mt. Otis south of Havre – Huge Sky Walker


Excuses.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a brand new journey – I’ve been climbing quite a bit, however staying fairly near Hays, largely doing walks that I’ve already featured on this weblog. I’m nonetheless educating highschool science too, and I lately began an archery program at Hays-Lodge Pole Excessive College – each have stored me busy in a enjoyable kind of means. Life is sweet.

FYI – I’ve arrange a GoFundMe website for the archery program (see hyperlink under).

It’s a Hello-Line factor.
It had been a number of weeks since I ventured very removed from Hays, so I used to be wanting ahead to going to Havre to purchase some groceries and choose up just a few supplies for lab actions. The sensation of anticipation jogged my memory of once I was an actual little child rising up in Harlem – we used to assume Havre was the hub of civilization, and going there was a extremely massive deal. “BETTER BUYS AT BUTTREY’S” (fellow child boomers will get it). So long as I used to be within the space, I made a decision to drive down and take a look at Mt. Otis in Beavercreek Park, about 20 miles south of Havre (on Saturday Nov. 13, 2021).

Brief and candy.
The hike to the highest of Mt. Otis is just two miles round-trip with 700 toes of elevation acquire – by far the best hike featured on this weblog to this point. It begins at a trailhead in Mooney Coulee and switch-backs up throughout the south facet of the mountain. A bench on the summit gives a pleasant spot to sit down and luxuriate in nice views of the encompassing space. On a transparent day, you possibly can see the Candy Grass Hills north of Chester. It could be a terrific hike for households with younger kids, permitting them to expertise that “prime of the world feeling” – whetting their urge for food, with out overwhelming them. For those who go, I like to recommend the early fall when the aspen in Mooney Coulee are sporting their fall colours.

And also you thought I used to be loopy.
I needed to get some train, so I hiked up Otis thrice earlier than heading again into the hub of civilization to do my buying. I used to be feeling fairly good about my exercise till a pal (a lot youthful) instructed me that he as soon as parked his automobile on the base, hiked up Otis, ran down from the summit to the reservation line (on Beavercreek Highway) and again up Otis six occasions for a complete of 35 miles. He began at 9 PM and ended at 5 AM!

Beneath: This map marks hikes which have been featured on bigskywalker.com to this point, together with a number of in Glacier Park – Choose full display to increase, zoom in for extra element, or click on on a marker for a hyperlink to the submit.

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