So much hiking to do there. The first one was called Two Trees…I don’t know why.
We found that at the Two Trees location had two trails. The Two Trees trail and the Riverside trail. We hiked them both – so different from each other too. The Two Trees trail led us up through grass fields to a lookout for an overview of the rolling grassy landscape.
The Riverside trail follows the Frenchman River a little and shows what a riparian area looks like in the prairies. For some reason neither of us took photos during that hike. I think it was just beautiful views but none really photo worthy.
One of the workers at the visitor centre had told Linda that the 70 Mile Butte was a must do if a person likes hikes. It is a moderately steep climb and the views from the top are terrific.
The 70 Mile Butte was a midway point for the Northwest Mounted Police between Wood Mountain and the Eastend Point. Oddly the Eastend is west of the Butte.
The trailhead for the 70 Mile Butte is from the Eagle Butte trail so we also hiked that.
It was an easy way down 70 Mile Butte and at the junction of the trails we had to go up Eagle Butte. We were there anyhow, so why not.
On the trip up to Eagle Butte we saw a deer and her fawn. So lovely but they were a little too far to get a decent photo. They were comfortable enough to not care about us.
The prairies, if one chooses to explore, are not flat!
We left the next day for Grasslands East Block. There are two ways to go from the West Block to the East Block. The gravel road is a little shorter but slower than the paved roads we did last time. Two years ago we had to return 30km back to Val Marie because we didn’t have enough fuel. This time we’d fuel up when we did the hikes; thus we took the grave road… East block next.