Magpie Gulch is a drainage cutting down through the Big Belt Mountains to reach the shores of Canyon Ferry Reservoir. The forest within the drainage has seen wildfire in my lifetime. The Cave Gulch fire of 2000 scoured though most of the drainage, leaving few evergreen trees standing. In total, that fire ravaged through some 34,500 acres of wildlands.
Yesterday, that girl and I drove up through Magpie Gulch. Though evergreen trees will be slow in returning to much of the steep, mountainous landscape, grasses, forbs, and bushes are flourishing. The bottoms are filling in with aspen trees.
I have posted four photographs from our drive through the drainage.