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The Ever-Present Lost River Range By link jackson, outdoorsman

My first glimpse of the Lost River Range came as a child. Having been reared by a man who ran away from Minnesota to Montana as a young man drawn by the allure of Fly Fishing and Hunting, he was chauffeur on a fishing excursion from our new home in Boise.

Photo by Link Jackson

Adventures with dad in his Jeep Wagoneer were always a series of vaguely planned jaunts from one extreme to another across mountain ranges, rivers, plains and whatever presented a beacon to his interest. This trip was no exception. We started backpacking in Copper Basin and then, once thoroughly eaten by mosquitos, we headed for lower elevations and the legend of big trout in the Big Lost River.

Rolling eastward down Trail Creek Road, the spectacle of the Big Lost River Range grew ever more dominant on the eastern horizon as we worked our way toward them, leap frogging from one primitive river access point to another, having a wonderful time fishing to the numerous and willing trout of the Big Lost River.

Merriam Lake and Mount Idaho. Photo by Link Jackson

Fast forward a few decades, and the Lost River Range has become a mainstay in my business and my outdoor adventures. Streamtech Boats is my primary business and I deliver my boats to each customer in person. Montana customers often meet me in West Yellowstone. I have made it a standard practice to stop along the Lost River Range on my way home and camp out for the night. This often leads to hikes and countless hours of photographing the range. My second business is Link Jackson Art that includes both landscape photography and Watercolor Painting. My photography work in the range often leads to watercolor paintings upon return home.

Super Gully. Photo by Link Jackson

My wife and I hike often in the range to various points of interest, including lakes, peaks and trails. One of my favorite adventures there was climbing Lost River Peak with my son Conner and his friend David Losinski and then skiing down the Super Gully.

Another was camping out for several days with my wife in the upper Pahsimeroi Valley and hiking to various lakes each day, including the beautiful lake directly under the east face of Mt. Borah. Because there is no name on any map for this lake, I took the liberty of naming it “Lake Rebecca” after watching her resting on a rock in the sun near the shore…just letting the scene jell.

“Lake Rebecca” at the base of Mt. Borah. Photo by Link Jackson

(Cover photo by Link Jackson)

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