The Aero Lakes in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness have been described as 'alpine oceans' rather than alpine lakes. Both Upper and Lower Aero Lakes are nearly a mile wide both directions, and they sit near each other on the rugged alpine rocky plateau of the Beartooth Mountains at just over 10,000 ft in elevation.
It is nearly impossible to set up a tent when the wind is howling like a banshee in heat.
When I camped at Sylvan Lake in the upper plateaus of the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, the wind was so bad that it was causing actual wakes in the lake. But I had no choice--I HAD to set up my tent. It was quickly getting dark, and this was my only shelter from the elements in the high alpine country.
Iceberg Lake has got to be one of my favorite hikes in all of Glacier National Park. This little gem is neatly tucked away in a mountain cirque, causing it to not get much sunlight during the day. You will often see blocks of ice that have slid off of steep cliffs surrounding the lake, and they float in the water as little icebergs. Even on a summer day, you can sometimes see over a dozen ice chunks covering the glassy lake surface. It is one of the coolest and most unique scenes in the Park!
In the darkness of the woods,
Hope and warmth abide
In a golden glow of welcome light;
A spark ignites survival,
And the night is scattered
I consider myself pretty adventurous. I love to explore the wilderness around my Montana home in Livingston, specifically the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness just north of Yellowstone National Park.
It began with a simple trip to the Ace Hardware garden center. I was browsing over their trees, shrubs, and vegetable plants for sale when lo and behold... I saw some table grape plants.