We worked our way south along the Lewis and Clark Trail, into the heart of the Bitterroot Range. Just south of Stevensville, MT sits Lake Como, a dammed lake fed by Boulder Creek that rests at the base of the three neighborhood giants – the 9000′ Como Peaks. 3 Frogs Campground, along its north shore, served as the gateway for our fishing, biking and hiking opportunities.
The next day dawned drearily, but we set out on a misbegotten journey up the Little Boulder Creek to Boulder Lake. We lost the trail somewhere on the south side of the lake, and bushwacked upslope 500′ before we ran across an old irrigation ditch that cut a lateral scar across the mountain face (which you can see in the previous picture), and provided easy walking to the creek itself.