The hike to Carlton Ridge usually leads to the summit of Lolo Peak, but alas, I didn’t have enough time for that today. So, I headed out with Olivia in tow and made Carlton Ridge with it’s rich views and subalpine larch. The hike is relatively steady with a moderate incline throughout the uphill. Once you cross the 8,000 foot elevation mark, the subalpine larch starts to dominate the vegetative landscape with their dense multiple-needle clusters and gnarled trunks.
Lolo Peak Trail 1311
My second favorite hiking partner
The junction with the Mill Creek Trail
Subalpine Larch and the Big Sky