Hiking Hall Ranch

Well, today is my last day of vacation. In order to stave off the depression of going back to work as best as I could, I decided to hit the trails again. We had a storm come through a couple of days ago that left some snow behind but the temperature today was a balmy 32° so I headed out for some exercise. I thought about hitting Rabbit Mountain again but decided to make tracks somewhere new. I headed a tiny bit further away and parked The Rev. at Hall Ranch, and I’m glad I did.

I struck out on the Bitterbrush trail and within 1/2 of a mile I came across two doe mule deer who were kind enough to stand still for a couple of pictures. Just a little further past that I stopped and watched as a hawk floated silently about 6 feet off the ground looking for a little snack. It crossed the trail just about 20 feet away from me and I watched it sail over the next hill. I knew I wouldn’t be able to get my camera out in time, so I just stood quietly and enjoyed the show. After that I saw a rabbit come out of its den near the access road crossing. (I saw him again on my way back too.)

I made my way up to the first apex of the Bitterbrush trail which I think is about 2 miles from the parking lot, took a quick rest, ate a couple of graham crackers, and turned back the way I came. The rest of the hike was uneventful until I reached the spot where I had first seen the two doe mule deer. This time however, I noticed one doe and two bucks laying amongst the bushes. I think they were probably there the first time too but I wasn’t looking in that direction.

I was running low on battery power, so I didn’t take a lot of pictures but I think I got some quality ones none-the-less. Enjoy!

Heading Out Two Doe Two Doe Trail Marker At The Top Self Portrait Two Bucks Same Doe?

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