Montana Outdoors

September 18, 2014

Terrace Lake (2)

     Terrace Lake sits about due north of one of my favorite places, Mount Headley in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, but it is not approachable from that direction, instead, the trail head to the lake is at the end of the West Fork of Fishtrap Creek road: well, not at the very end, but believe me you don’t want to drive on that road any further. At the present time, the trail does not show on any map and the trail sign is missing. Other than that, it’s a cinch to find.
The trail itself was renovated about four years ago and it is the very best trail that I have ever seen. Those who worked on it really knew what they were doing! It winds and climbs about a thousand feet through beautiful forest for about 2 miles to the lake which, …well, I’ll let the photos say the rest.

     About half of the following photos are of the trail itself and the balance are of the lake.

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake trail, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

September 17, 2014

Revett Lake

Filed under: Idaho — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:05 pm

Revett Lake (On the Idaho - Montana border

Revett Lake at 10 this morning. It is in the Panhandle National Forest just on the Idaho side of the Montana – Idaho border near Thompson Pass, about 24 miles west of Thompson Falls, Montana.

September 15, 2014

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake, Cube Iron - Silcox Roadless Area, northwestern Montana

Terrace Lake in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless Area, western Montana

September 9, 2014

Bear – Baree Lake loop ~ Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

This is a photo tour of a loop hike on August 29, 2014 through the southeast tip of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. It started with USFS trail 178 at road 148 (3700 feet elevation) to USFS trail 63 then on 63 to USFS trail 360 (the Cabinet Divide trail at 6400 feet elevation). From there, south down the Cabinet Divide a mile and a half or so to USFS trail 489 and back down it about 5 miles to road 148 and up the road to the starting point. The total distance was about 11.5 miles and took 10 hours of hiking.

You can follow the route, the access road and the trails on the Kootenai National Forest Cabinet Ranger District map. (Note: Trail 531 is the old trail number to Bear Lakes: now the same trail is shown on all of the maps as trail 178.)

Trail head for USFS trail 489 Kootenai National Forest

Trail head at USFS trail 489, Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178: Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178, Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178 Kootenai National Forest

Trail 178 gains elevation very sharply. Kootenai National Forest

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Kootenai National Forest

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Divide in the distance

Trail 63: Cabinet Divide in the distance – Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Baree Mountain at the left of the photo: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Baree Mountain at the left of the photo. It is at the southern edge of the wilderness.

Trail 63: Baree Mountain: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Baree Mountain, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: South side of Cabinet Divide: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: South side of Cabinet Divide, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Looking down into Baree Lake Basin: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63: Looking down into Baree Lake Basin, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 63/Trail 360: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

From Trail 63 ~ Trail 360 at the Cabinet Divide, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 360 Cabinet Divide trail, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 above Baree Lake Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 above Baree Lake, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489 Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Baree Creek Trail 489, Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Road 148, Kootenai National Forest

Road 148, Kootenai National Forest (There’s a sign near this one that reads: “No trailers or 2 wheel drive vehicles”)

From the Cabinet Divide trail 360. The three big peaks in the photo are, from right to left, Carney Peak, Flat Top Mountain, Engle Peak

This is my favorite photo from the trip, taken from the Cabinet Divide trail 360. The three big peaks in the photo are, from right to left, Carney Peak, Flat Top Mountain, and Engle Peak. In a couple of weeks we plan a hike through a pass just to the right of Carney from the far side of the range and back a mile or so along the Cabinet Divide trail. (The trail through the pass and the high Cabinet Divide trail can be plainly seen on Google Earth.)

August 30, 2014

Baree Creek Basin

Baree Creek Basin

Baree Creek Basin photographed from USFS trail 63 as it nears the Cabinet Divide trail (USFS trail 630) in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of western Montana.

August 26, 2014

A stream that hides

Filed under: Spring Creek — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 9:58 pm

There is a small stream not far from where I live that flows through a deep wooded canyon for about seven miles before it briefly enters a larger one which then flows into the Clark Fork River. In early spring the water flow is continuous but after about mid-summer the stream bed for about a mile at the lower end of the canyon is completely dry. The following photos (in no particular order other than just as I ascended the trail) were taken the other day on a short hike up into the canyon and they show a little of what is hidden above the dry stream bed (in the first photo) near the start of the trail. I’m sure that after seeing the dry stream bed many people do not venture up the trail.

Spring Creek

Tree fungus

Fall colors

Fall colors are beginning to show.

Kinnikinnik

Kinnikinnik

Aster

Skipper & Aster

Fall colors

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek cedars

Spring Creek

Devil's Club

Devil’s Club

Devil's Club

Devil’s Club

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

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