Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area has 15 712 hectares of grassland and forest. The lower grasslands are more arid with an abundance of sagebrush, but the middle and upper grasslands have a greater proportion of natural grasses and open terrain. Aspens are found in wet spots and open douglas fir forest covers the upper slopes. There are no designated trails in the middle grasslands, but there are some sections of old tracks that can be combined for a scenic hike.
We went over Raptor Ridge for the view and watched red-tailed hawks circling the hills. The route then has to go over a series of north-south ridges, glacial deposits laid down as moraines, kames, and terraces, eroded by water over time. This is an up-and-down route back to our vehicles. There are few trees in this area except for small clusters of aspens and junipers. Rock outcrops and erratics dot the hills. The area was shaped by glaciers, which laid down infertile glacial till. A few thousand years later, we continue to hike in this unique environment, the middle grasslands of Lac du Bois.