8/18, day 114, 9060′, 9 mi
Becki & Steve brought us back to Bannock Pass after we said goodbye to the rest of the family in Dillon. Before we drove up to the pass we went to an overlook that Clark mentioned in his diary and stood where he stood overlooking the Beaverhead River. We also saw Fortunate Camp where the expedition sank their boats when they bartered for horses.
Hiking was delightful when we started late this afternoon. We followed an old log fence on the divide on newly constructed trail. There were also crisp, vivid blazes in the trees and rock cairns with directional arms extending from the base. How nice to have tread and guides!
The forest was so beautiful and we heard and saw lots of wildlife. A sage hen (speckled brown & white) flew and her chick flew above me. I whistled and the mom answered immediately behind me. I missed a great photo.