Weekday Jaunt up Shorty Creek in Little Belts to Get Out of Wind
Gail and Katie joined Jasmine and Tip the dog from the Inconvenience Store in Neihart for a quick trip up Shorty Creek. The beautiful canyon lies at the base of the O'Brien Creek trail and is sheltered from the wind, so it was a perfect choice on a 40 mph gusty day.
The Shorty Creek trail can be an eight-mile loop; however,, we went up three miles and retraced our steps for a total of six. A snowmobile had been up the trail a few days before so we really didn't have to break snow. The trail follows the creek on a fairly easy incline.
We appreciated Jasmine showing us a new snowshoe area. She said she was trying to get a guiding permit and had us fill out a survey. Good luck to her on her new business showing others the beauty of our wonderful Montana and helping others enjoy the great outdoors.
We ended the day with sweet potato fries at Bob's Bar.
We Felt Like 'Revenant' Extras on Winter Trails Day
Four of the GiG broke trail at Silvercrest before our volunteer day at National Winters Trail Day at Silvercrest. Both days were breezy, but once we got out of the parking lot and into the trees, it wasn't bad at all. However, the few times we were in the open, the snow kicked up into our faces, making us feel like a scene from the hugely popular Revenant film that is getting all of the Oscar buzz this year.
Winter Trails Day started out with us asking ourselves why Katie volunteered us to lead hikes; if we had'n't been counted upon, we probably would have turned around as it was driving rain in Great Falls when we left at 8 a.m., turned to sleet by Armington junction and blowing blizzard by Neihart with whiteout conditions. We just kept thinking that NOAA predicted partly sunny.
Well, the saying of always go to the trail head proved true as right before the first hike started, the blue skies poked out as the wind blew the clouds away. But the wind didn't stop but it was tolerable with 40 degree weather and sun.
Katie/Toni and Gail/Cathy each led two snowshoe hikes around the trails, with a break in between for a bite to eat: chili dogs, fresh fruit, followed by Great Harvest cookies and Chai tea and hot cocoa and coffee.
We ran into many people we knew among them our own Bonnie who brought a friend to try snowshoeing.
Overall, the day was fun and great way for us to give back, since we once were the beginners on the trails ourselves.
Who went: Friday--Gail, Katie, Randi and Doris; Saturday--Cathy, Gail, Toni and Katie
Girls in Glacier and Katie Kotynski