Montana Outdoors

June 27, 2018

A short road trip

What started out this morning to be a little hike along the top of Weeksville Divide on a favorite trail, USFS trail 345, turned into a short road trip.

There weren’t any new wildflowers in bloom along the divide except this small Mountain Rose which is a small flower, not more than an inch or so across:

dwarf rose, wood rose

Dwarf rose, Mountain Rose ~ Rosa gymnocarpa

After about a mile on the trail I hiked back down to the Jeep and after about ten miles of driving north on the Weeksville Creek road paid a visit to a small stream that has long been a favorite place to catch a limit of small Brook Trout. I didn’t fish today but caught some pretty scenery instead.

Along Little Thompson River

Along Little Thompson River

Along Little Thompson River

You can see why, besides the good fishing, it’s one of my favorite summer places.

It was a pretty drive back home, the highlight of which was getting to see some wild Hollyhocks growing beside a small spring just above the water of Thompson River. It’s the only place I’ve ever found them. Not a bad morning at that!

Mountain Hollyhock

Mountain Hollyhock

Mountain Hollyhock ~ lliamna rivularis

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July 13, 2014

Seldom seen

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Mountain Hollyhock

Mountain Hollyhock, Wild Hollyhock ~ Lliamna rivularis

These are seldom seen in this area, but worth looking out for.

July 23, 2010

Cabin Lake (6)

As we descended the trail toward the trail head, on some cliffs off the trail we were treated to a view of one of the icons of the Rocky Mountains, somewhat rare now outside of Glacier Park; a Rocky Mountain Goat, (Oreamnos americanus). For obvious reasons, I couldn’t get any close-ups. When I was a child we saw them fairly often, but it has been years since I encountered one outside of the park. It was a very rare treat!

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

As if to make a closing statement at the very end of our Cabin Lake trip, along the Forest Service access road, these were in bloom, another wildflower that I had not encountered before.

Mountain hollyhocks,Mountain Hollyhocks, lliamna rivularis

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