We knew the scenery today would be memorable. The trail would take us up to just short of Old Snowy’s summit, a 7,900-foot peak connected to a range of other jagged peaks. They were formed by volcanic forces millions of years ago and shaped by glaciers.
The last major changes came during the late stages of the Pleistocene epoch, which ended more than 10,000 years ago. During that era, this part of the world experienced dramatic climate shifts, from cooling periods with massive glaciers to warming periods when large mammals like mammoths, saber-toothed cats and longhorned bison roamed the land. What we would see today were the results of these dramatic climate and geologic changes.
Our views were made all the better by today's climate, which turned out to be perfect. The temperature was comfortable and the sky was a cloudless, rich blue.
From our vantage point above 7,000 feet, we would be able to easily see 50 miles away and more. The only things we wouldn’t see today were mountain goats, which live in the area and are the reason the area is called Goat Rocks.