By SILKE JAUCK
With plenty of snow still on our mountain peaks and higher elevation trails, hiking the foothills is a great and fairly easy way to get this time of the year out. Because of their low elevation, the entire family can join and even not this experienced hikers will get all the rewards of “being out there”.
For those who like to travel a little further, the always-breathtaking Mission Mountains have plenty of foothills and nearby ridges to explore. The trails are easily accessible from St. Ignatius or the scenic pull-out along Highway 93.
The views of the majestic Mission are so beautiful and are the answer to the question why I settled here in Montana.
The meadows have a great variety of wildflowers (phlox, bluebells, prairie smoke, bitterroot, death camas) and it is simply a joy to cross them.
The tops of these ridges offer spectacular 360-degree views and are the perfect spot for a picnic with family and hiking friends.
Silke Jauck is a German native and Missoulian by choice. She and her family have packed and unpacked their suitcases and moving boxes in four continents and have finally settled in Missoula and called it home.
She lives with her husband, three daughters, and a dwarf rabbit in the Target Range neighborhood. Silke is the publisher of Friendship Book, a made-in-Montana keepsake and activity book for children ages 6-12. She also has a blog about life hacks at Silke Good Ideas, and you can visit her Make it Missoula blog archive.