Hiking to Carlton Ridge

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

Lolo Peak Trail 1311

My second  favorite hiking partner

My second favorite hiking partner

The junction with the Mill Creek Trail

The junction with the Mill Creek Trail

Subalpine Larch and the Big Sky

Subalpine Larch and the Big Sky

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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