Hiking in Montana…Winter or Spring??

Hiking in Montana

It was a beautiful February day, clear skies and the temperatures in the mid 50′s…that is correct 50′s. Sad to say our snow pack levels are wwwaaayy down and with the warm weather, Tom and I were anxious to hit some of our favorite mountain trails. We didn’t know if we could make it to the trailhead in our Smart car, but figured is was a nice day for a drive and would go as far on the forest service road as we could.

Well to our surprise and pleasure we were able to drive to the trail head with no troubles. Like I said it is scary because we should not be able to get a non 4 wheel drive vehicle to that elevation, 5,000 ft at trailhead, in February! Continue reading

Summer Hikes in Misssoula Area

It was a gorgeous weekend, after a week of snow and temperatures in the 40′s, here in the Missoula valley! With clear blue skies and warm sunshine we headed for one of the many day hikes out of Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfast’s front door.

The early wild flowers in bloom where so spectacular, with the fresh mountain air. The creeks are flowing heavy and COLD with the winter snow melt, it was just warm enough out that it tempted you to stick a toe in the water. However our 8 month old black lab thought it was plenty warm enough to enjoy a dip.

It makes us excited to reach our goal of hiking everyone of the hikes in the book “Day hikes around Missoula Montana” by Robert Stone. There are 85 hikes in this book, all within one hour or less of our front door! We have done probably half of them and love getting out in the great outdoors. The book is great in letting you know what the elevation gain is and how long it will take to do the hike. We did the Larry Creek hike today, and it was a nice easy hike and great to start the season out.