Vida and I decided to take a quick cruise through the Ninemile Valley (located west of Missoula) to hike the Grand Menard Discovery Trail (actually more of a stroll) and fly the DJI Phantom 4 over a few of the picturesque meadows of the valley. The meadows were covered with common camas, meadow buttercup, and American bistort. Perhaps the best discovery of the day was a Putnam’s Cicada (I was over-excited, dad-boner moment)
Grand Menard Discovery Trail
The Grand Menard Discovery Trail is a short nature trail through ponderosa pine forest. The trail is wide and gently rolling with a gravel surface. At the farthest end of the outer loop is a view of Stark Mountain and the Ninemile Valley. The best moment of the stroll was sighting a Putnam’s Cicada.
Max elevation: 3501 ft