The Cabinets got their name from some rock formations at their bases along the Clark Fork river which looked like boxes, of cabinets to some of the early explorers. Most of those formations are now under the water of the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir. I live near the southeastern end of the cabinets and spend a lot of time in them. Soon, now that most of the high country snow has melted, I plan to do some exploring in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness about 50 miles west of here. It will be new country for me.
If I thought these mountains were named for a political function I think I’d move. I am not a fan of Lewis and Clark anyway nor of most of those who “discovered” this part of the country. Personally I think the Indians had the situation well in hand without their arrogance. It has only deteriorated since the advent of “civilization”.
Not a good place for a swim yet. It’s cold even in late summer. We are having a little weather front coming through here at the moment and it’s possible that the lake has gotten a little new snow the past few nights.
Yes, this is quite typical. The elevation there is around 7,000 feet and at that level there is snow until late July on the north facing slopes. The lake is shielded from the sun by the ridge to the right of it in the photo.
Ah … icy and snow. As much as I was complaining about that 2 months ago, it is still beautiful to see. Thanks for making what I can only imagine is a tough hike up. Do you know what makes the ice blue?
I have always wished that I could be up there in mid-winter but have never been able to. No, I don’t know why those several patches of ice are blue. I like the color though. The hike isn’t all that bad, but a dozen years ago it was much easier.
They were taken from about the same place. I think the trail to the lake is still under a lot of snow and the views of the lake from most of the trail aren’t as nice as from the top. That lake was the source of water for the person who manned the lookout. He probably hiked down and caught a few fish for dinner, but hiking back up with 5 gallons or so of water would have been a chore.
talked to some folks today heading “your way” to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons (well, close to you anyway!) I told them to be prepared to have their breath taken away!! really pretty pictures you posted this week….as usual!
I don’t fish the small mountain lakes. Most are fishable as is Baldy Lake, but the fish are very small. I’m almost strictly a stream fisherman and there are several decent streams fairly close. Later in the summer the river below the house is really good for fairly good sized trout and I can just walk down in an evening.
I understand why you love these mountains! Your photos are just stunning . The day i decide to visit the US, Montana is the state i absolutely don´t wanna miss !
Thank you for sharing your beautiful landscape with us ! // Maria
I lived in the US for a while but I’ve never been there – Montana.
Now I realize I missed a lot of beauty from mother nature.
If you don’t mind me asking, could you visit my blog and read what I posted in English? I started it a few days ago and I could use some helpful hints/opinions on it.
Wow, Wow, Wow! Our plans are to travel in a motorhome when we retire, and I’ve already told hubby we are going to go see Montana for sure. I thoroughly enjoy viewing your photos Terry, they are always stunning and inspiring.
Gorgeous, Terry…I’ve come to love the late spring/early summer images from the mountains…the waking green and the remnant white…a beautiful combination that seems to complement each other well….to me, anyway.