A few years ago a friend of mine from New Jersey was surprised that I wanted to head to the Caribbean in May. “Why leave in May? Just when the weather is getting wonderful, and you can start backpacking?”
Right. We’ve done a May trip to Blodgett Canyon in the Bitterroot Valley for a number of years, and this is pretty much the typical scene:
Of course, there really is a lot of beauty in May, and this year most of the month was sunny and warm. We just jinxed the weather by deciding to go to Blodgett at the end of the month. Nice to know we have that power.
Blodgett Canyon is a great choice for an early season hike, since the trail follows Blodgett Creek and stays low for a number of miles up the canyon. The trailhead is a couple of miles north of Hamilton, on the west side of the Bitterroot River. There’s a nice little campground at the trailhead, too. It’s a grand family hike since it’s not too much of a climb, and you can just go as far as you want up the canyon. The scenery is spectacular, the fishing is good, and we’ve seen moose, elk and even a mountain goat one year.