1. Debra
    Debra March 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Ray, last year my husband and I, along with a few others, saw a group of six on the north side of Pinchot Pass. We first saw them as we neared the top of the pass, as we were heading SOBO. So amazing!

  2. Bob
    Bob March 24, 2015 at 7:34 pm


    Appreciate what you mean about their agility and grace on tough terrain. A few years back I was hiking in Denali National Park and spotted a herd of Dall sheep (I think that’s how it’s spelled??). Same thing, these guys were way up on impossibly steep cliffs, yet were walking around like they were strolling in the park. Amazing creatures.

    I love spotting wildlife on hikes, and your examples are fascinating, entertaining, and often awe inspiring. I can’t wait to hit the JMT and experience these encounters myself. Thanks for keeping me inspired!

  3. Wyn
    Wyn May 29, 2015 at 9:36 am

    A few years back I was going down the Black River in a canoe (out of Lake Mead, NV). We saw a herd of about a dozen big horn sheep on the maybe 20 degree side of a rock faced mountain. Two males were fighting for dominance. They’d run away from each other, turn and run at each other full speed slamming their big wide horns together. Sounded like a gunshot echoing down the canyon. The does and a couple younger males were running and jumping around the circumference of this jousting match, caught in the excitement. The jousting males did this over and over again as we drifted by. They were still at it as we went round a bend and the sound slowly diminished. When we got to our destination, we asked people who worked the are about it and many of them said they knew they lived in the area but had never seen any. We felt so blessed…

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