Mount Jumbo from Lincoln Hills

Vida and I shared on the best early season hikes around Missoula, the short, steep ascent to the top of Mount Jumbo. The temperature soared into the upper 60s as we departed from the Lincoln Hills trailhead, which sits below the Saddle. At the saddle, the wildflowers were just starting to pop with Sagebrush buttercup and Mountain Douglasia predominating. Once at the summit, the views of the Missoula valley and surrounding mountains was stunning (as usual, we’re so spoiled). Vida even felt frisky enough to invite everyone to the gun show (see below).

Total distance: 3.51 mi
Max elevation: 4764 ft
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Sun coming through the trees

Sun coming through the trees

What a great day on Mount Jumbo!

What a great day on Mount Jumbo!

Sun's Out, Guns Out

Sun’s Out, Guns Out

View into the Rattlesnake Wilderness from Mount Jumbo

View into the Rattlesnake Wilderness from Mount Jumbo

Great looking elk rub

Great looking elk rub

Choices...steep and short, or easy and long?

Choices…steep and short, or easy and long?

Hard to imagine that the entire valley was under water

Hard to imagine that the entire valley was under water

Sagebrush Buttercup

Sagebrush Buttercup

Yellowbells

Yellowbells

Mountain Douglasia

Mountain Douglasia

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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