Over the weekend, we decided to go and check out Ousel Falls before the girls got their much needed trim and bath this week. We had a surprising in town encounter with a friendly moose and I used my very first ND filter for some long exposure shots. Here are my favorites; hope you enjoy!
Spectacular panoramic vistas within a short 15 minute drive from the heart of Downtown Bozeman, is one of the top reasons why Triple Tree Trail is amongst Bozeman’s all-time favorite hikes.
To get to the trailhead from Main Street in Downtown Bozeman, just head south on Church until it turns into Sourdough Road. Keep heading south until you see the trailhead to your left, right after the turn for Triple Tree Road. Trail conditions are highly weather dependent. Prepare for heavy mud or snow on the trail after precipitation hits the valley.
Though the trail is highly trafficked throughout the year, be aware that wildlife encounters with black bears are not uncommon. Mountain Lions are know to roam around the area from time to time as well. In other words, it is a good idea to always bring bear spray with you when venturing on this trail.
The hike to get to the top of Triple Tree Trail is an easy 5 mile out and back hike. However, one can easily cut 2 miles from the hike by turning on Triple Tree Road just before the main trailhead, driving for half a mile and turning right on Limestone Meadows, and parking at the second trailhead.
Triple Tree Trail boasts some of the most beautiful views of the Bridgers, the Spanish Peaks, and the Tobacco Roots, making it an excellent choice for mountain bikers, trail runners, and hikers alike. Needless to say, this hike is one of the best ways to experience beautiful mountain sunsets in Bozeman.
Perhaps the most quintessential hike in Bozeman, the M hike takes the crown as the king of all of Bozeman’s trails because of its breathtaking vistas and heavy traffic during the summer months. The actual “M” is a landmark at the start of the Bridger Mountain Range, placed by MSU students back in 1915. Locals, students, trail runners, and dogs regularly enjoy this 3 mile hike from two different approaches, ranging from nice and mellow to short and steep.
Getting to the trailhead is an easy 10 minute drive from the heart of Downtown Bozeman; just head North on Rouse and that will eventually turn into Bridger Canyon Road. You can’t miss the parking lot to your left. The earlier in the morning or later in the evening you arrive, the better chances you will have of finding a good parking spot.
Because of its exposure to western sunlight, the M is one of the driest hikes from early spring, to late fall. During the winter months, it is highly recommended to bring clothing that will keep you comfortable during exposure.
To get to the landmark, you are met with the choice of a short but steep half mile 850 ft. ascent, or an easier and more graded 1.5 mile hike. Though bears and other wildlife do roam around during their more active months and bear spray is always a good idea to have with you, the M is one of the most trafficked trails in town so chances are you are never alone on the trail.
The M has some of the most stunning views in the valley, which is what makes it the trail of choice for lots of beginners and experienced adventurers alike.
Earlier this week, I went out on a short hike up Drinking Horse here in town and decided to bring my camera along. The skies were moody, which makes for beautiful and more interesting landscapes; you can be the judge of that. The trail itself is a 2.1 mile loop and the elevation gain is about 656 ft. The actual trailhead the mountain is not to be seen until shortly after you cross the bridge over the creek.
I believe that the best time to arrive at the parking log is about 45 minutes before the actual sunset. This gives you plenty of time to get to the top of the mountain and set up your equipment, if you plan on photographing the sunset. Me, personally, I didn't even bother bringing a tripod this time around and to be honest I didn't think I needed it. All together, I only brought along my Canon EOS 6D Mk II camera, my Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM lens, and of course my beautiful model.