GPS Coordinates: Trailhead—45°55’08.65” N; 111° 04’35.29” W
Rating: Easy to Moderate (depending on distance travelled)
Trail Length: 1½ miles Round Trip (to the forest and back); 8 miles Round Trip (to a sloping meadow beneath Hardscrabble Peak)
Location: Bridger Range North of Bozeman
Elevation: 5554 feet at trailhead to 5833 feet at entrance to Forest Service land; 7554 feet at the meadow beneath Hardscrabble Peak)
Elevation Gain: 279 feet (trailhead to entrance to Forest Service land); 2000 feet (trailhead to meadow beneath Hardscrabble Peak)
Bloom Season: April to Late August
Peak Bloom: Late May to Early August
Maps: U.S.G.S. Flathead pass and Sacagawea Peak, U.S.F.S. Gallatin National Forest: West Half or East Half
Photos on this page (Top to Bottom): low larkspur, sagebrush buttercup, arrowleaf balsamroot, small-flowered woodland star, Parry's townsendia Click to Enlarge.
Photos by Carolyn K. Hopper
Arrowleaf balsamroot flowers are stunning across the entire meadow. Lupine and sulfur (yellow) paintbrush are also easily found. The creek crossing was impossible today as the creek raged across the trail. Other flowers in bloom included: Hood phlox, prairiesmoke, common yarrow, field chickweed, low larkspur, nine-leaved parsley, lemonweed (Western gromwell), groundsel, small-flowered woodland star, short-styled onion (red), forget-me-nots, Parry’s townsendia, many-flowered stickseed.