Over 40 Flowers Wow Gals on Continental Divide Trail
Originally two groups planned to hike Rogers Pass on Sunday, June 7, but due to the weather forecast of rain and thunderstorms, the leaders organized the hike for Friday instead. Six members from the two groups were available on Friday: Jo Ann W and Gail, co-leaders; Karen, Heather, Bonnie W, and Sheila. Welcome Sheila to your first GIG hike.
We departed Great Falls at 8 a.m. and were on the trail by 9:30. The weather was perfect, sunshine and temps in 70s. Wildflowers were abundant and showy. (See list of 45 that I recall).
Chocolate Lilies were the star of the day, which we found thanks to Katie’s directions. In the first meadow, Prairie Smoke were abundant. When we reached the ridgeline, the Alpine Forget-Me-Nots, Yellowstone Draba and Douglasia were the highlight. All enjoyed the view of the mountains and the wildflowers as we lunched just below the ridgeline. On our way down the trail, we stopped to enjoy the Chocolate Lilies again.
We expressed gratitude that we live in Montana and for the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing, peaceful day basking in the beauty of the mountains and wildflowers, only an hour from home.
Who went: Jo Ann, Karen, Heather, Gail, Bonnie W and Sheila