Sara and Jo Ann headed out at 8:30 a.m. to the Falls Creek area outside of Augusta. We stopped in Augusta at Allen's Manix Store for a bathroom break and purchased a snack, arriving at the trailhead at 10:30 a.m.
No other cars were in the parking lot and we did not see anyone on the trail. It was a beautiful day with partly cloudy skies and some wind gusts tugging at our hats. At the trailhead we were welcomed with a lovely patch of pasque flowers and shooting stars. The wildflowers did not disappoint: yellow bell, sugarbowl, cous biscuitroot, nineleaf biscuitroot, pink cushion phlox, buttercup, cutleaf daisy, prairie smoke, rabbitfoot crazyweed, larkspur, oregon grape, arrowleaf balsamroot, stoneseed.
This was the first trip for Sara, Jo Ann had been once before. We did not find the first falls but did enjoy views in another area overlooking the creek with a patch of pink cushion phlox on the rocks. We made our way to the top of the second falls, took photos and headed down the trail to find a spot out of the wind for lunch.
As we walked back down the trail, Sara spotted a garter snake in the middle of the trail. Jo Ann screamed! The snake moved faster to get off the trail! Jo Ann exclaimed, "A snake is a snake! All are scary!" On our way home we visited Len Kopec and Deva McKnight in Augusta. While there, they were notified to keep the dog inside as a grizzly had been spotted up the creek from Len's house.
We arrived home around 4 p.m. Another great day in Montana's great outdoors.