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The Expedition is slowed by fallen trees along the Lolo Trail . Snowbanks begin to appear, but there is plenty of exposed grass for the horses. They camp on Hungery Creek at Horsesteak meadow where Clark had shot an Indian horse last fall.

the Snow has increased in quantity So much that the great part of our rout this evening was over the Snow which has become Sufficently firm to bear our horses, otherwise it would have been impossible for us to proceed

William Clark

Lolo Trail

Snow bank on steep hill

We collected our horses very readily this morning, took breakfast and set out at 6 A. M.; proceeded up the creek about 2 miles through some handsom meadows of fine grass abounding with quawmash

Meriwether Lewis

Small Prairie Camp

Meadow with blooming camas

Hungry creek is but small at this place but is deep and runs a perfect torrent; the water is perfectly transparent and as cold as ice.

Meriwether Lewis

Hungery Creek at Horsesteak Meadow

Clear creek running through green meadow

Photo by Jo Ann Townsend.

in the fore part of the day I observed the Cullumbine the blue bells and the yelow flowering pea in blume.

Meriwether Lewis

Red columbine, Aquilegia formosa

Flower with red petals and yellow stamen

in the fore part of the day I observed the Cullumbine the blue bells and the yelow flowering pea in blume.

Meriwether Lewis

Tall bluebells, Mertensia paniculata

Plant with small blue petals

in the fore part of the day I observed the Cullumbine the blue bells and the yelow flowering pea in blume.

Meriwether Lewis

Mountain thermopsis, Thermopsis montana

Spike of small yellow pedals

waters of hungry creek. Rocky mountain. June 16th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Root horizontal Jun. 16th 1806. Collin's creek.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Bunchberry, Cornus canadensis

Low plant with large leaves and a small cluster of red berries

On the Cokahlaishkit Jul 7th 1806. Flowers yellowish white

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Trumpet honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa

Plant with long, orange, trumpet-shaped petals

Rocky mountain Jun 16th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Oregon boxleaf, Paxistima myrsinites

red, square flowers and thick leaves with serrated edges

Photo ©2008 Walter Sigmund. Permission via the GNU Free Documentation License.

Fruit indifferent & gummy The hights of the Rocky mountain. Jun: 16th 1806.

Pursh (Meriwether Lewis)

Sticky currant, Ribes viscosissimum

Stem with spikes and leaves covered with spider web strands