I always enjoy getting close to big game animals in the wilderness. Even more, I like it when they pose for a photo or two.
Not this time. I spotted a black bear eating ripe huckleberries about 15 yards away at the same time it spotted me. Off it ran before I could get a photo. Still, they are always fun to see.
The six square-mile Roaring River Wilderness, about 70 miles from home, is a real treat – – – glacial-gouged lakes, open sub-alpine meadows, old-growth timber, huckleberries and rough terrain.
After parking near Hideaway lake, I spent 6 1/2 hours on a cool, cloudy day hiking a 12 1/2-mile loop with many steep ascents and descents along the way.
Shellrock Lake, the Rock Lakes, Serene Lake and Cache Meadow were the highlights of the trek, and spotting the black bear too.