By SILKE JAUCK
As the name suggests, the South Avenue Trail, (in the Target Range neighborhood on Missoula’s south side), follows South Avenue. The trail starts with the sidewalk at Community Medical Center and goes all the way to the corner of South Avenue and Humble.
It’s a straight asphalt line, has no elevation and I have seen people walking, bicycling, jogging, roller skating, even cross country skiing.
As a “round trip”, the length is about 4 miles. The entire trail is in the open and makes for a perfect afternoon walk on a sunny day.
Even at this time of year, there are many small and big views to discover and enjoy, like snow-capped Lolo Peak, McCauley Butte, the icicle covered Ponderosa Pines at Big Sky High School, and the flag at the Fort Missoula Post Cemetery.
And while you’re at it, check out the ice sculpture growing at a garden fence on the corner of South and Tower Street. The homeowner has painstakingly set up ladders and turned on a sprinkler on many a chilly Missoula night to create the most interesting spectacle of “water, ice and inspire” that you’ve ever seen! Continuing on, soak in the herd of Black Angus feeding in the snow near the entry of of the Missoula College and just take time to enjoy the other occasional winter walkers on the trail–many of whom will take the time for a little chat.
Happy Trails, Silke
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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.