Helena has received a record amount of rain this spring and summer. No one who I know can ever remember the mountains around Helena being so moist…we’re not complaining about the rain. First of all, having a reduced threat of forest fires (at least for the time being) is a blessing for our forests, our lungs and our tourism industry.
The most apparent benefit of the moisture is that obviously, our forests, even with the spotted beetle bug kill, are so incredibly green, richly beautiful emerald green. If you’re looking for that lush, stunning and cool mountain experience this summer, Helena has what you desire.
Over the 4th of July weekend, I headed up to the McDonald Pass area with my family. McDonald Pass is only about 20-30 minutes outside of Helena and is part of the Helena National Forest. It’s a beautiful drive west on Highway 12. At the top of the pass there is a camping area that you can hike around. The cross-country ski area at the top of the pass also doubles as a great area to hike in the summer months.
On a hike with my kids, I started to notice all the beautiful flowers…and so many flowers. More variety than I’ve ever seen before. So, we said, we’d take a picture of all the different flowers, and we did. I hope you enjoy my photos and a little bit of the beauty that awaits you in Helena, Montana.