We rented our shoes form Chalet Sports and while were waiting for our gear, one of the guys running the desk, told us we should check out Grotto Falls instead of heading where ever it was that we were thinking about going. He had been up there a couple weeks ago and said it was great, the other place would probably be much busier. So we headed up to the end of Hyalite Canyon.
I had been told that snowshoeing was a huge workout and really difficult. It wasn’t easy, but since we were mostly on a trail, it wasn’t too bad. It was a workout, but it had a great setting.
We did a bit of off trail snowshoeing and I can tell that if you were not on a trail, it would be pretty difficult. We were doing unending high knees in deeper powder. I’m sure different shoes may make it easier, but not with ours. Walking backwards is also hard- since the shoe is strapped to your boots and is hinged so it hangs down when you lift up your foot and tries to trip you if you go backwards.
We hiked in to the falls on the easy route and took a more difficult route back out along a cliff edge where there more frozen falls. We even saw a people ice climbing. Another winter sport I would love to try, but I should probably get back in regular climbing first.
It was absolutely beautiful day and so much fun. We were all discussing how much we love Bozeman and Montana, how days like this remind us why we moved back here. It is pretty spectacular. And I might have one more winter sport to add to my list.