Casey Peak southeast of Helena – Massive Sky Walker

Simply this as soon as?
A number of years in the past, a pair buddies and I snowshoed up Casey Peak the day after Christmas. Due to the deep snow, it was extraordinarily difficult however very superb as effectively. You may examine it in one in every of my earlier posts. My coverage with this weblog has been to function a hike solely as soon as (99 posts thus far). Nonetheless mountaineering Casey Peak in the summertime is such a unique expertise from snowshoeing it within the winter that I made a decision to make an exception. So right here goes.

Subsequent stage.
My favourite factor about dwelling in Helena is the implausible path system that borders the southern fringe of city – over 70 miles of well-maintained trails, because of the Prickly Pear Land Belief and the Metropolis of Helena. I hike the Helena trails 4-5 instances per week once I’m on the town. For many Helenans who wish to get into mountaineering, the 1906 Path to the highest of Mt. Helena is a standard first step (about 3.5 miles round-trip). As soon as they’ve earned their Mt. Helena badge, a logical subsequent step could be the 7-mile Ridge Path, which ends on the Mt. Helena Trailhead. After increase stamina and confidence, some will ultimately be prepared to check their mettle with a more difficult hike. For Helena space hikers, Casey Peak is a good selection for that massive subsequent step (10.5 miles round-trip with 3,500 ft. of elevation achieve).

A enjoyable summit.
The path to Casey Peak begins on the Casey Meadows Trailhead, a 16-mile drive from Helena. The favored well-maintained path climbs step by step for the primary 2.5 miles, crossing the East Fork of McLellan Creek 3 times earlier than reaching Casey Meadows – canine love these crossings! Half a mile past the grassy clearing is one other stream crossing – after which the steep portion of the hike begins. During the last two miles the path climbs 2,000 toes to the summit, however the views get higher the upper you go. A curious-looking stone construction sits atop the summit – the primary flooring of a fireplace lookout that was used briefly within the early 1900’s. Its wood second story with walk-around deck crumbled away a number of years in the past.

Choices.
Casey can also be a super place for conditioning whether or not you’re an avid hiker, a trail-runner, or wish to get in form for an upcoming back-packing journey. I prefer to climb it a minimum of as soon as every summer season, and I additionally get pleasure from an virtually annual snowshoe hike to the frozen waterfall beneath and to the north of the summit. Actually, once I hiked up Casey Peak final week, I ventured over to take a look at the waterfall and cave that sits behind it – simply needed to see what it’s like there in the summertime. The side-trip added a pair miles to my hike, however it was effectively value it. To see a few of what I noticed, together with some drone images, try the picture tour (see hyperlink beneath). Be sure you learn the captions.

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KUHL alternative.
On a facet notice, an out of doors clothes firm referred to as KUHL just lately contacted me about presumably sponsoring my weblog. The deal we made is that they’d ship me a free pair of pants to attempt, I’d write a evaluation on my subsequent publish (this one), after which we’d take it from there. Appeared like a great deal – Heck yeah, I’ll take some free KUHL pants!

KUHL has been affected person as a result of it’s been a very long time since my final publish. Right here’s what I take into consideration the KUHL pants . . .

I’ve an older pair of black KUHL mountaineering pants, that are those I wore throughout the Casey Peak hike featured above – you’ll see them within the images. Those they despatched me to check out are referred to as RADIKL. I even have a couple of pairs of non-KUHL pants that I put on. Though the KUHL pants are costlier, they’re undoubtedly extra sturdy. The stitching is way increased high quality and the material is much less susceptible to ripping. My different pants simply don’t maintain up as effectively with all of the off-trail bush-whacking I love to do. My black KUHL pants have outlived my different mountaineering pants and I anticipate the identical of the RADIKL pants they despatched me.

One other function I REALLY like is the articulated knees, which provides them a extra athletic form – designed for shifting, not standing. It’s only a extra comfy match for mountaineering. I additionally admire the little stretch side-panel on the waist. It makes for a pleasant comfortable (not tight) match, so I don’t even need to put on a belt. I wore the RADIKLs on a number of of my snowshoeing hikes within the Little Rockies final winter and I like them significantly better than different pants I’ve worn. They’re made for shifting, and that’s what I love to do.