Mt. Otis south of Havre – Large Sky Walker

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a brand new journey – I’ve been mountain climbing rather a lot, however staying fairly near Hays, largely doing walks that I’ve already featured on this weblog. I’m nonetheless instructing highschool science too, and I just lately began an archery program at Hays-Lodge Pole Excessive Faculty – each have saved me busy in a enjoyable kind of manner. 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 trying 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 after 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 huge 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 simply two miles round-trip with 700 ft of elevation acquire – by far the simplest hike featured on this weblog thus far. It begins at a trailhead in Mooney Coulee and switch-backs up throughout the south facet of the mountain. A bench on the summit offers a pleasant spot to sit down and luxuriate in nice views of the encompassing space. On a transparent day, you may see the Candy Grass Hills north of Chester. It will be an awesome hike for households with younger youngsters, permitting them to expertise that “prime of the world feeling” – whetting their urge for food, with out overwhelming them. In case you 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 wished to get some train, so I hiked up Otis 3 times earlier than heading again into the hub of civilization to do my procuring. I used to be feeling fairly good about my exercise till a buddy (a lot youthful) advised 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 Street) and again up Otis six instances 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 thus far, 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 publish.