Mother’s Day Hill is a pleasant, short and easy trip for spring. The bright-yellow balsamroot sunflowers carpet the south-facing hillsides in mid- to late May. Purple lupine stalks billow in the hot June sunshine. Many other species of wildflowers cover the open hillsides in spring. A few large ponderosa pine trees stand in the grasslands near the ridge.
Mother’s Day Hill earned its name when an avid hiker family “discovered” the area on Mother’s Day. I have taken many hikers on this easy, early-season hike and the name stuck.Trail
0 km: From the cattle guard at the parking spot, hike southwest (left side of the road) uphill on a well-defined horse trail.
2.8 km: Grassland; veer off the trail to see the view of the Rockies. The road continues through the forest uphill to another open slope.
4.5 km: On the second west-facing open slope, just before the trail bends downhill, there is a well-used horse trail. It leaves the road and heads uphill, north (right). The horse trail may be hard to find.
5.5 km: Horse trail leads to rocky bluff overlooking the St. Mary River, with the Rockies in the distance.