Wildflowers and a Montana Summit – Hyalite Peak

Way back in 2007, my mom and I hiked to Hyalite Lake… a hike which I’ve previously written all about. It’s 11 miles (17.5 km) roundtrip, closer to 13 miles (21 km) when you add in all the detours to the many waterfalls along the way, and our feet were pretty exhausted by the time… Continue reading Wildflowers and a Montana Summit – Hyalite Peak

About me, Montana

Exploring Montana on Skis

I never used to mind winter. And then I moved to New England. Winters here are horrible. The sun sets at 4:15pm. It’s usually cloudy and cold and windy. And dark. All the time. And when it snows in New England, it really snows. Two feet (0.6 m) at a time, leaving us to dig our… Continue reading Exploring Montana on Skis


A summit without a view – Mount Blackmore, Montana

The Gallatin Valley is surrounded by mountains, and I’d obviously love to be able to climb each and every one of them. But summiting most of them requires a substantial amount of bushwhacking, technical climbing, or both. I have a good sense of direction and I know how to read a map, but I don’t own… Continue reading A summit without a view – Mount Blackmore, Montana


Twelve – Hyalite Lake, Montana

Twelve. That’s the number of waterfalls we saw on the hike to Hyalite Lake. If you’ve been following me for a while, you may remember when I talked about Hyalite Canyon, located in the Gallatin Mountains of Montana. (And if not, you can read all about it here). From the main road up Hyalite Canyon,… Continue reading Twelve – Hyalite Lake, Montana


A Local Gem – Hyalite Canyon, Montana

I grew up in the best place. I know I’ve probably said that before, and I’m probably a little biased. But it’s true. Because just 15 minutes from my house is the entry to Hyalite Canyon. The canyon is named for hyalite, an opal-like mineral that is fairly abundant in the rocks found in the… Continue reading A Local Gem – Hyalite Canyon, Montana