Montana Outdoors

October 22, 2014

Morning between the clouds

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Over the Clark Fork Valley

October 21, 2014

Willows by the river

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Willows by the river

October 20, 2014

Old trail… old dog…

Coyote

High in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains across the river, autumn has just painted the ridge tops with long brush strokes as the western larch have changed out of their green summer jackets and donned bright coats of gold, and an old trail up toward Sacajawea Peak has been calling my name, telling me it’s time for another visit. The section of trail where this photo was taken in June of 2007 has been discontinued, but I think of it often and still know where it is. I would like to think that the wild hunter in the photo is still around; if he is, he’s a very old dog!

Rainbow Lake

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Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

Rainbow Lake ~ Dog Lake

In the old days this lake on the Flathead Indian Reservation was called Dog Lake. I have never understood why the name was changed.

October 18, 2014

Cabinet Wilderness trail 656 part 3. Lost Buck Pass

Another mile and a half on the trail past Upper Geiger Lake is Lost Buck Pass which crosses the Cabinet Divide just below Carney Peak, at an elevation of about 6,000 feet. Looking east from the pass you can see Upper Geiger Lake and beyond, the Vermilion River watershed. The view to the west includes Wanless Lake, Engle Peak, and Goat Peak. To the south you look down the entire length of the Swamp Creek drainage and the Clark Fork River can be dimly seen far in the distance.

Lost Buck Pass

Lost Buck Pass

Lost Buck Pass

Wanless Lake

Wanless Lake

Wanless Lake

Buck Lake

Buck Lake

Lost Buck Pass

Wanless Lake

Grom Lost Buck Pass

Lost Buck Pass

Lost Buck Pass

Lost Buck Pass

Lost Buck Pass

October 13, 2014

Cabinet Wilderness trail 656 part 2.

A mile or so and another 600 feet in elevation above Lower geiger Lake sits Upper Geiger Lake. To visit the lake itself you can take a short trail off 656 for about a half mile (the Wilderness map calls it trail # 48 but there’s no sign for it so I wonder why they bothered numbering it). There is a sign at the junction with an arrow pointing toward the lake. It’s well worth the short side trip.

Upper Geiger is smaller than the lower lake, but lots of folks get tired by the time they reach the lower one and so Upper Geiger receives far fewer visitors. You can tell by the signs of use on the trail. The gap that is visible in the cliffs and mountainside at the far end of the lake is Lost Buck Pass and the last three photos were taken from there.

Upper Geiger Lake

Upper Geiger Lake

Upper Geiger Lake

Upper Geiger Lake

At Upper Geiger Lake

Trail 656 between Upper and Lower Geiger Lakes

Trail 656 between Upper Geiger Lake and Lost Buck Pass

Trail 656 between Upper Geiger Lake and Lost Buck Pass

Upper Geiger Lake

Upper Geiger Lake

Upper Geiger Lake

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