Heading east on Soft Rock Road to hike up Chaffin Butte for sunshine and views.
Just enough snow to conceal the "C" in the earlier part of the day.
The clouds stubbornly hung around the Bitterroot Mountains. Full views another day.
Getting up to cloud level on the east side.
As we hike up, the trees become smaller and more scarce, opening up the views.
Looking down on a small piece of rural Montana.
Stopping to enjoy the changing views along the way.
You can see so much along the way up ... it makes for slow progress!
Up and up we went. The actual top remains out of sight from here.
Only a few small trees on the upper portion ... a hot trek in summer!
Getting a bird's eye view of the gentle rolling hills of rural Montana.
Another little glimpse of rural Montana in the middle of open expanses of land.
View looking further east.
So much to see from the top!
A closeup look at some of the mountains as the clouds shift for brief views.
Looking a bit cold back in the canyons. We picked a little warmer place for this hike. :)
Looking west over the valley to the Bitterroot Mountains on the other side.
Heading back down in the warming sunshine.
It doesn't take long for the sun to do its work when the clouds allow.
We started out with early winter...
... and two hours later ended with late fall. ;)
As we got back down, the "C" became visible from beneath the melting snow.
It was another good day for another good hike.
Thanks for following along on my mountain adventures.
See you in the next post. :)
Hi! I'm Nikki Weiss, and I'd like to invite you to follow along with me "Out Here".
mountain adventurer + photographer
follow by email
follow on fb
fitness, hiking, + weight loss coach
Let me help you get "out here", too. I will soon be offering a hiking related fitness group with coaching and support for getting in shape and getting out in the outdoors more. If you might be interested in joining, contact me and request to be added to my waiting list and I will notify you by email when it is up and ready for members to join. :)