Montana Outdoors

October 2, 2008

The Dry Creek/Wilkes Divide trail 578 (2)

Yesterday I hiked part of 578 again, this time during clear weather and was struck by its beauty. It’s rather aggressive, climbing from 2900 feet at the trail head to 4900 feet at around the three mile point, but on a trail like this the climb is a pleasant one.

Dry Creek trail 578

Beside the trail within the first mile was this surprise:

Wild strawberry

who would expect a wild strawberry blossom this time of year in an area that has already had a couple light snowfalls!

Just below a ridge top, this Cinquefoil is also defying the season,

Cinquefoil

and seeing this high ridge dressed in Fall colors was worth all the effort!

Ridge top in Fall colors.

It’s a great time of year to be outdoors!

(Trail 578 is in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana.)

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