My Montana

My Montana
My Montana

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Hyalite Creek Hike

I've been visiting my friend, Kathy, in Bozeman, Montana for a few days.  She kept my car while I flew to New Mexico. Last Friday we did a short but beautiful hike along Hyalite Creek. The creek and the canyon are named for a large opal found in the area.

View of Hyalite Creek from a turnout

Another creek view

View of a nearby summit from trailhead
The mostly shady trail starts above the reservoir that supplies Bozeman with water. An accessible trail goes to the Grotto Falls.

Columbine leaves - most were still green


View of creek from trail

A few of these bushes grew in sunny spots

Choke cherries were ripe
Kathy and me at Grotto Falls

Water flowing over colorful stones in shallow creek

Arch Falls - we could not get a clear view of the arch any more
The trail goes up another three and a half miles to a little lake and then continues on further to a summit. We turned around here and went back.

Rocky bluff along trail

Butterfly with stained glass wings

This is a very popular local hike and we saw at least ten groups of people and dogs on the trail. One lady was even pushing a jogging stroller.