After-work Hike in the Warm Wind; Fall Colors and Flowers
We had a fun quick afternoon/evening hike on the Hoodoo Loop starting on the Ryan Dam trailhead.It was very windy, which kept quite a few from coming and giving us the trail to ourselves; however, it was a warm wind and didn't bother us at all.
We met at 4 p.m. and arrived at the trailhead at 4:15 and took the high trail to the hoodoo overlooks of the river first, stopping at the gun powder shack for catnip along the way.
We marveled at the flowers still in bloom: asters, gay feather (blazing star), gumweed, hymenoxys, rubber rabbitbush.
The hoodoos are amazing; like aliens carved out of the sandstone by the wind. Luckily, we didn't see any snakes as we wandered around them, daring to go off trail for better views of the river.
After enjoying the rock formations, we looped around to the lower trail that hugs the river. As we snaked our way, we looked up to the hoodoos we had just been standing on a half hour before.
We completed the 2.4 miles in one hour and a half and headed back home to Great Falls, arriving by 6:15.