Quick afternoon Blue Mountain Lookout jaunt

For those of us that live in western Montana, we are extremely fortunate to have so many great hiking destinations in such close proximity to our homes. Blue Mountain stands over Missoula, and on top of its forested slopes is a little-used fire lookout. The hike to the summit is a rather quick 1.9 miles and 700 vertical ( a welcome change from the steeper and longer hikes that we have been taking lately). As we walked along the trail, there were more than enough huckleberries for the picking and eating.

Total distance: 3.33 mi
Max elevation: 6457 ft
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Vida on the steps of the Blue Mountain Lookout

Vida on the steps of the Blue Mountain Lookout

Looking across to the Lolo Peak fire

Looking across to the Lolo Peak fire

Smoke of the Goat Creek fire

Smoke of the Goat Creek fire

Blue skies over the Blue Mountain Lookout

Blue skies over the Blue Mountain Lookout

Mixture of clouds and smoke over the Bitterroots and Lolo Peak

Mixture of clouds and smoke over the Bitterroots and Lolo Peak

Signs, Signs, everywhere the signs

Signs, Signs, everywhere the signs

Great Golden Digger Wasp - Sphex ichneumoneus

Great Golden Digger Wasp – Sphex ichneumoneus

Common Groundsel - Senecio vulgaris

Common Groundsel – Senecio vulgaris

Nodding Onion - Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion – Allium cernuum

Prince's Pine - Chimaphila umbellata

Prince’s Pine – Chimaphila umbellata

Giant Rattlesnake-plantain - Goodyera oblongifolia

Giant Rattlesnake-plantain – Goodyera oblongifolia

Bee on Giant Rattlesnake-plantain

Bee on Giant Rattlesnake-plantain

Bee on Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (closer)

Bee on Giant Rattlesnake-plantain (closer)

Vida picking huckleberries

Vida picking huckleberries

One huckleberry at a time

One huckleberry at a time

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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