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Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« on: December 21, 2017, 09:10:10 PM »

Back out to a favorite area recently during the super moon in early December. I can never get enough of the Big Sky area out towards the end of Tunnel Ridge Road. I've been here too many times, but it's always one of my favorite places.



Arch of Triumph
Nice little arch right off the trail. A good place to get started for the day. I had just missed a perfectly placed sunrise that was coming in nicely, still a beautiful morning with some great views just a bit further out around the corner of the ridge.


An interesting rock shelter located on the spur trail for Arch of Triumph.


Regal doggo


Doggo on TRR trail


Watch out for dangerous cliffs and graffiti


Merry Christmas, backcountry shitter was full!
I have no words for why someone would bring a Lowes bucket with a pool noodle duck-taped to the top. The bucket has no bottom, so I will say A+ on the execution but F+ on leaving this garbage in the wilderness. I did not haul this trash out.


Jailhouse Rock
Wonderful views of Jailhouse Rock from the end of TRR


Great views of Jailhouse ridge from this vantage point


Amazing view of Auxier Ridge
This is one of my favorite campsite locations in all of the Red. Near-280 degree views, and plenty of sky for star gazing. You can see Courthouse, Wizard's Backbone, Auxier, Haystack Rock and more.


Dead End


Double Arch Extension Trail at the end of TRR


Gap in Double Arch Extension Trail


Double Arch Extension


The questionable gap in the Double Arch Extension Trail



Star Gap Arch
One of my favorite arches in the Red, even though it's become a very popular and well traveled location.


Ledge around side of Star Gap Arch



Interesting formations


Living Wall


Nice place to rest on top of Star Gap


Great views of Nada Tunnel Road. One of my favorite photos from the trip. The afternoon sun was amazing that day.


Cruiseliner Rock


Trail Campsite


Just need to buff that out


Take a left at the tricycle


Backcountry established campfire ring


Magnificent Sky View Arch
This arch is now one of my favorites, with good reason. It's very difficult to find and access, which has kept it hidden from most public eye for so long. There's also basically no information about it's existence online. I realize this post is counterproductive to the preservation of the arch, but most will never find it. Photos simply don't do it justice. The striations in the wall make this instantly recognizable. Very interesting how water has carved this arch out over time. Mother nature can be pretty awesome some times.






Inside Sky View Arch looking out.


Very interesting striations


Rock Shelter
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2017, 08:07:39 AM »

Great pictures.  Thanks for posting.
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2017, 03:56:18 PM »

Looks like a nice trip. Skyview is one of my favorites as well :)
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2017, 09:25:17 AM »

Looks like a nice trip. Skyview is one of my favorites as well :)

Thanks! I actually passed you, Brian and another on the trail that day right near Star Gap. Looks like we had very similar trips.
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 12:38:31 PM »

that Skyview Arch is NUTS

Also loved the Star Gap Arch; on my list for this coming year already. So now two on my list.
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2018, 12:40:32 PM »

Very nice!
I found a shitter bucket like the one you saw. Up near Sky Bridge... less than 100 yards from the road and the privies.
I wonder why people must sit to shit. Squatting is so much easier...
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2018, 12:01:09 AM »

Question...

Cruiseliner rock.... Is that over top of star gap and all the way out that ridge? If so, I took my girlfriend out there back in October for a spur of the moment overnight trip. It was amazing, great place to catch the stars from a hammock. I wasn't aware of it's name. It think she'll like it.
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Re: Big Sky Views: TRR, Star Gap, Auxier, Sky View Arch
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2018, 02:32:01 PM »

Question...

Cruiseliner rock.... Is that over top of star gap and all the way out that ridge? If so, I took my girlfriend out there back in October for a spur of the moment overnight trip. It was amazing, great place to catch the stars from a hammock. I wasn't aware of it's name. It think she'll like it.

that's not the feature referred to as Cruiseliner Rock. Cruiseliner is further west. You can catch a glimpse of it from some of the other overlooks nearby; those views help give its name - the broad side of the ridge looks a bit like a cruise ship.
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