The Upper Grasslands of Lac du Bois has a few old tracks, but no trails are needed in the mostly-treeless terrain. When we reach the rolling hills past the 7km mark on the Lac du Bois Road, we can contour around hills or we can follow ridges to viewpoints. Raptor Ridge is so named because hawks often perch on the snags and firs on the north end of the bluffs overlooking the grasslands.
The ridge is a gradual climb for 1.1 km.
We returned through the grasslands following old tracks to our vehicle, completing a 6.25km loop. The brown grasses were starting to green up at the bases and a few wildflowers were already poking up. The yellow bracts of lemonweed follow the sagebrush buttercups and yellow bells.
We enjoy hiking in the upper grasslands in all 4 seasons and we try to vary our route so that we have less impact on the fragile grasslands ecosystem. Go quietly leaving nothing but your footprints, enjoying the subtle beauties of this Protected Area.