After a lot of gray days and a bit of rain, we were blessed with a gorgeous, sunshiney day. The Harrison clan took advantage of it with a hike up the Storm Castle Trail.
The Storm Castle Trail starts in the Gallatin Canyon and climbs 2.5 miles and 1,715 feet to Storm Castle Rock. The trail winds through juniper, limestone formations, lodgepole pine, and spruce trees. Oh, and the wildflowers…so lovely.
We chose this trail because we had a graduation party in Bozeman that evening, and it is one of the first trails to dry out in the spring. By summer, the south facing slope is too hot for me, and there is no water on the trail, making it too hot for doggies.
We don’t make it over the to the Gallatin Canyon very often. It’s about an hour’s drive and there are so many amazing places even closer, but back when we lived in Bozeman, we hiked there regularly. It was fun to go back.
Five miles isn’t the longest Anders has hiked, but this was the steepest adventure so far. Finn hiked about 3 miles without being carried AT ALL. We’ll make hikers of them yet.
Anders and I were summit bound, and kept going. We picked up the pace and made it to the top. From Storm Castle Rock we could see into the Gallatins, across to the Madison Range and down the Gallatin River. At 7,227 feet, it’s not even close to the highest peak around, but it stands out and affords a great view. Anders loved clambering around on the top. I felt a little like I was going to throw up when he got near the edge, but that’s just my vertigo and maternal instincts taking over.
And we saw a rainbow on the way home!
What did you do this weekend?