BraveCort's inaugural HIKE30 challenge was a huge success! Due to the 2020 pandemic and the closure of Glacier National Park that resides on Blackfeet Indian Reservation land, we pivoted and hiked 30+ miles in two of Montana's pristine national and state parks - Glacier National Park, the Jewel Basin and the Mission Mountains Wilderness, both in Flathead National Forest.
In Glacier, we hiked to the spectacular Otokomi Lake. Nestled in a bright red cirque known as the Rose Basin, Otokomi ("Yellowfish") is a hidden gem on Glacier's east side. The trail follows Rose Creek and passes through the 2015 Reynolds Creek fire scar and a Douglas Fir and Lodgepole Pine forest before reaching the lake. In the Mission Mountains, we hiked to Crescent Lake where the trail was flanked by many species of wildflowers and huckleberries. There also was a gorgeous overlook of Glacier Lake from above. Our last hike was in the Jewel Basin, located at the north end of the Swan Mountain Range. There, we started at Camp Misery and hiked to Clayton Lake, capturing views of Blackfoot Lake and Hungry Horse Reservoir.
Our goal was to seek adventure and wilderness while hiking in paradise but to also discover the incredible power that comes from connecting with people who care deeply about the same cause, finding a cure for pediatric brain cancer. We each brought unique stories, skills and perspectives to each outing and undertaking.
It was a fabulous weekend of friendship, sore muscles and new adventures. We hope you'll join us for HIKE30 in 2021!