Hiking along Cache Creek

We haven’t spent much time in the mountains to the west of Missoula. I have heard of Cache Creek for some time, so we decided to make the trip this past Sunday. The drive to the trailhead from Lolo is great as you travel west on Highway 12, take the Fish Creek Road from around 12 miles to the trailhead. The trail itself is super-easy, like E-A-S-Y. But, butterflies and scenery surrounded us as we hike the flat trail for 3 miles in. This trail would be absolutely perfect for hikers with children or an early-season fitness hike.

Long-horned Beetle

Long-horned Beetle

Tricolored Bumblebee

Tricolored Bumblebee

Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria)

Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria)

Melissa Blue (Lycaeides melissa)

Melissa Blue (Lycaeides melissa)

Lilac-bordered Copper, (Lycaena nivalis)

Lilac-bordered Copper, (Lycaena nivalis)

Prince's-pine (Chimaphila umbellata)

Prince’s-pine (Chimaphila umbellata)

Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur

Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)

Zerene Fritillary (Speyeria zerene)

Written by Radd Icenoggle

I am a native Montanan, who has spent a lifetime as an outdoors and wildlife enthusiast. I earned a degree in biology with an emphasis on habitat relations. During my studies, I had the great fortune to research and compose a thesis that explored the effects of slope aspect on...
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Roger Robichaud

Hi Radd
I’m glad you’re still at it.
It brings me joy to look at your beautiful photos.

Roger Robichaud

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