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Mon., June 27, 2011, 7:06 a.m.

A cold-Hearted greeting for hikers in the Bitterroots

Heart Lake in the Bitterroot Mountains south of Superior, Mont.:  still wintery on June 25, 2011. (Bob Clark)
Heart Lake in the Bitterroot Mountains south of Superior, Mont.: still wintery on June 25, 2011. (Bob Clark)

HIKING -- The snow clogging the high country isn't stopping hikers wearing boots and gaiters from trekking into some "cool" places.

Bob Clark of Missoula joined friends on Saturday for a hike into Heart Lake, a backcountry destination in the Great Burn area.

The popular hike-in lake is south of I-90 from Superior, Mont. The trailhead is off the Trout Creek Road just before the road heads up the steep section to Hoodoo Pass.

The photo at left shows the snow still covering the pack bridge.

At top is the view up Heart Lake with the Idaho-Montana border above.

Clark is a Sierra Club advocate for the proposed Great Burn Wilderness.  He's a knowlegeable source.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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