Sunday, February 21, 2016

First 2016 Hike - Spokane Hills South Trail

One thing I am loving about Montana is you don't have to go far to find a great hike.  In this case, just a few minutes up the road.  And my first hike in 2016!  And the 200th hike for the Helena Hikers!!

Between moving and broken wrist and cold weather, I have just been a slacker the past year.  So I was glad when our leader, Don, posted this hike.  It was an "E" hike (easy and even), versus an "S" hike (steep and strenuous).  A great hike to get my feet wet, so to speak.

The parking area is next to this farm.  Very pretty and the view was a great inspiring start to the hike. However, while the temperatures we knew were going to be cool cold, the wind was blowing about 30-40 miles an hour (or stronger).  But the sun was out and when we could get away from the wind, it was great.

With view like this, what's not to like.

As we walked on around, views of the Missouri River appeared.

Unfortunately, this area was hit with a forest fire a few years ago and there is still evidence of the damage.

As we reached the point where we were going to turn around and come back, we met up with some other hikers who were cutting across country.

They weren't too friendly, but they could cover some ground quickly.

Views like this make the huffing and puffing and cold worthwhile.

We turned around and headed back, especially since we could see these clouds moving in and a flake or two falling.  A couple of the guys went on for another mile or so, but the rest of us turned back.

I really enjoyed this hike and is somewhere I will probably bring Lady K for a bit of a hike.  Probably not as far as we went, but somewhere there is a level road, few hills and little difficulty.  And maybe one of the dogs too.

Great hike, great day!

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