Day 1 Drove Rt 78 from Red Lodge thru Luther/Fishtail/Roscoe areas.
Incredibly green & lush! Beautiful drive.
Everything budding out & in flower.
Pheasants, huge herds of deer, sandhills, hawks.
Drove south through beautiful Paradise Valley (540) & smell lilacs. Lovely Weeping Wall
male & female osprey at nest
2 dozen pelicans in a raft on river!!
North entrance- secured campsite Mammoth CG Lots of elk
black bear Petrified Tree
several moose nearby
bear & 2 cinnamon cubs nearby
grizzly round prairie. Bison & tiny newborn red dogs- so cute!
moose & grizzly near Pebble
sheep Baronette Pk
grizzly above Buffalo Ranch pronghorn herds
fox specimen trailhead & marmots
hiked hill trail from campground to terraces (lots of water) & up Beaver Ponds trail then
hiked back to CG
Day 2 32F
Secured campsite at Norris CG
Watched Sepulcher Mt come out of fog at Swan Lk Fts Lots of elk
Took trail at Sheepheaders to ridge- 2 garter snakes
Took Mt Howard trail- too wet- Grizzly Lake trail hike- wet!
Hiked Gibbon River behind Norris CG bisonville
Day 3 quad mama grizzly bear & bruin Swan Lake flats
Hiked Glen trail-awesome beauty!- single grizzly - teals, sandhills, ducks ducks ducks
Solfatara Creek trail hike out of Norris CG
hiked trail from Norris CG to Norris basin- woodpecker chicks in hollow hole in tree
Day 4 moose Swan Lk Flats
brown bear along north rd
ewes & bighorn sheep rams at Y-stone picnic area
fox with kits
mama bear with 2 cubs
coyote den with pups Lamar
4 wolves & scarface grizzly bear on carcass Slough Ck- eagles
osprey male/female chicks in nest just east Slough
Phantom Lake- sleeping bear right by side of road!
bear Obsidian Lk- hour+ bear jam on road to get there
hike Howard Eaton from Swan Lk Fts to Hoodoos- awesome views!
Storm blowing in!
Day 5 26F & snow! Coyote Norris flats
4 osprey & 2 grizzlies Lake Butte overlook
2 marmots still on geothermal across from Sledge Bay!
Bridge Bay CG They let me chose best site up in trees Loop A! Nice folks!
4 wolves Hayden
Hike powerline & lake trail at Bridge Bay since other trails closed due to grizzlies
harlequins at LeHardy rapids
HUGE, CLOSE full moon rising over lake with sunset & moonbeam in water!!!!
Day 6 morning moon
grizzly at Indian Pond
grizzly mama & 2 cubs Hayden valley
Brink of Falls
Hike Mary Mt trail- lots of flowers- wet! marmots- bison
2 grizzlies Lake Butte
drive Silvan pass early morning- big horn rams on road!
grizzly on road Silvan pass
herds of deer on way to Cody
Drove from Cody back to Red Lodge
After camping/hiking in park a couple times every month May-October, May has most definitely the most bears close to the trails & roads.
Also the most big horns & moose by the roads. No mosquitoes or biting flies.
Very little traffic and no crowds.
Trails were still quite wet & I had several pairs of boots/trailrunners. Snow too deep to hike any of the high peaks.
Below freezing cold in the early mornings but warm sleeping with proper bedding/bags.
Only ate (oops... make that tried to eat LOL!) meal out once at Fishing Bridge general store counter- the worst meal I have ever been served- *raw* fish sandwich- sent it back & left without eating.
Mammoth CG is my least favorite in the park- traffic noise & even tho it's first come/first serve, hosts won't let you pick your own site & were not friendly like other campground workers