Montana Outdoors

July 26, 2017

A short hike on USFS trail 223 ~ July 11, 2017

Sometimes it’s nice to begin a hike with a pleasant scene.

Clark Fork River

USFS trail 223 starts along the river at an elevation of about 2,400 feet, climbs up and over a small hill then proceeds up the river for another 7 or 8 miles. In their seasons, wildflowers along it are diverse and plentiful. Those included in this post are the late-season ones.

Trail 223

Common Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose (Oenothera villosa): the first one I had seen this year.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

These bluebells are everywhere this time of year and I can seldom pass up a chance to photograph them.

Trail 223

As the trail enters the lower and most dense part of the forest, the color is intense.

three-leaf foamflower

The shade-loving Three-leaf Foamflower ~ Tiarella trifoliata 

Devil's Club

The berries of the Devil’s Club (Oplopanax horridus) are just beginning to turn red.

Bluebell-of-Scotland

Bluebell-of-Scotland

I did mention that I love these bluebells, didn’t I?

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed

Slender Hawkweed ~ Hieracium triste

Western Blud Clematis

The seed head of the Blue Clematis, (Clematis occidentalis)

Trail 223

Trail 223

I love the steeper parts of this trail: there is a small stream below.

Pearly Everlasting

Another flower which grows at just about all elevations, Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).

Clasping Twisted-stalk fruit

These are the fruit of the Clasping Twisted-stalk (Streptopus amplexifolius) which is a plant that I have seen in only two locations. It is interesting because the flowers and fruit appear on the underside of the leaves.

White Sweet-clover

White Sweet-clover ~ Melilotus albus

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May 18, 2017

New arrivals…

Ground-Ivy

Ground-ivy ~ Glechoma hederacea

Rocky Mountain groundsel

Rocky Mountain groundsel ~ Packera streptanthifolia

Ponderosa Pine

Ponderosa Pine ~ Pinus ponderosa

Large-flowered Tritelia

Large-flowered Tritelia ~ Triteleia grandiflora

Fern-leaved Desert-parsley

Fern-leaved Desert-parsley ~ Lomatium dissectum

Oregon boxleaf

Oregon Boxleaf ~ Paxistima myrsinites

Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

White Campion in the rain

White Campion ~ Silene latifolia

April 26, 2016

Western Blue Clematis

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Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis

April 17, 2015

A little of the Munson Creek trail (USFS Tr 372)

Today I hiked the first couple of miles of the Munson Creek trail (from about 2,400 ft elevation to about 3,400 ft elevation) to see how the winter treated it. It was in very good condition, with a sprinkling of wildflowers all along, but only of some of the early blooming species were blooming. It is a steep and rather rough trail that is well worth hiking later in the summer when the valley is hot and the trail is cool and when there are dozens of species of wildflowers in bloom (and I will return later to see them). Here are a few photos of the trail and the flower species now in bloom along that stretch.

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

Munson Creek trail

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells ~ Mertensia oblongifolia

Hooker's Fairy Bells

Hooker’s Fairy Bells ~ Disporum hookeri

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Munson Creek trail

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

April 14, 2015

Any day is a good day if there’s a Trillium in it.

The Trilliums are starting to bloom now at the footbridge over Munson Creek. (And a couple of friends joined in.)

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Rough-fruited Fairybells

Rough-fruited Fairybells ~ Disporum trachycarpum

May 3, 2014

A strange spring for western Montana wildflowers

After a winter with large amounts of snowfall (the high country around here still has 140% of normal snowpack) and lots of cloudy/rainy days this spring, the forests are very dry. The rain we’ve had has been mostly light showers with not much water volume, and the flowers which depend on April rain are doing poorly, at least in this specific area. These were taken on a couple of short hikes recently and the selection was not very good.

Round-leaved Violet

Round-leaved Violet ~ Viola orbiculata

In an area that usually abounds with violets, this and the following one were found only on a small hillside where water from snow melting at a higher elevation was trickling out of the ground.

Canadian White violet

Canadian White violet ~ Viola canadensis

Woodland Strawberry

Woodland Strawberry ~ Fragaria vesca

Mule Deer

Mule Deer ~ Odocoileus hemionus: (A fellow wild plant aficionado)

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica

Heart-leaf Arnica ~ Arnica cordifolia

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium ovatum

These are Pacific or Western White trilliums that are in the final stages of their boom, when they turn pink. It took me awhile initially to realize that the pink ones are not from a different species.

Western Blue Clematis

Western Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Early Blue Violet

Early Blue Violet ~ Viola adunca

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

Grand Fir

Grand Fir ~ Abies grandis

Pioneer Violet

Pioneer Violet ~ Viola glabella

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