Two Trips to Jefferson Creek/Memorial Falls in Two Days
We traveled to the Memorial Falls parking Lot and stopped to use the facilities before heading out to the Jefferson Creek trail up the road a quarter of a mile. It turned out to be a pretty chilly morning with 0 degree temps registering on Sue’s thermometer. Who even knows what the wind chill begat?! We decided to hike on up to Memorial Falls first !! This trail is always a delightful opportunity to experience the frozen trail navigating some icy spots along the creek bed with some overhanging frozen and quite treacherous icy pathways!
What a treat to see the curtain of frozen falls sporting running water flowing behind the veil.. Spectacular for sure!! Once back at the car.. We drove up the highway one quarter mile to the next parking lot adjacent to the Trailhead to Jefferson Creek. We donned our snowshoes and poles and headed up the trail for .6 miles before stashing our snow shoes behind a tree near camp ground marker 267 F and continued on hiking!!
We walked the rest of the trail which was packed down enough to allow for a nice hikers pace ! Temps fluctuated from 15 degrees at the parking lot to zero degrees as we travelled parallel to Jefferson Creek from the bridge and beyond the 2nd “pack in... pack out” sign for 1 3/4 miles. As the sun began to rise, we basked In it’s welcome warmth on our return trip to the car for a total of 4 miles including our diversion to the falls.
We headed out to “Bobs Bar “ for a little lunch and conversation with Tony and the soon to be new owner, Janice. They hope that paperwork will finalize the sale officially in the next few days!! What a great day!! We drove back to Great Falls in plenty of time to attend the MWA Christmas party!!
Attendees; Sue M, kuntz, Mary N., Vicki, and Christi K.