Kelseya Uniflora Blooms Amaze Gals in Limestone Canyon
The GIG headed out at 8 a.m. to hike a portion of the Trout Creek Canyon Trail, near Vigilante Campground out of York, to see the rare Kelseya uniflora in bloom. We were not disappointed. From the beginning of the trail, we observed many mats of Kelseya growing on the limestone cliffs, some in bloom and some not. About 2.2 miles in we found the ultimate bloom close to the trail (thanks to Katie's perfect directions).
Along the trail, we stopped at each of the ten stations while Jo Ann read the description of the area from a Forest Service brochure, which discussed erosion, vegetation, limestone formations, birds and other wildlife, flooding, microclimate and caves.
After a delicious lunch of 1/2 pound burgers at the York Bar, we talked the bartender into taking a group photo outside the bar. A friendly, fun place to eat. For desert, Jo Ann provided dark chocolate with cranberries and almonds.
On the way home, there were a few sprinkles of rain but it did not last long. Everyone agreed it was a great day in the Montana's great outdoors.