Montana Outdoors

April 24, 2007

Wilderness bill H.R. 1975: a few related photos.

This bill addresses precious wild country in five states in the Northwest. Since I have the good fortune to live in one of them (Montana), I am pleased to show some photos taken in and near a few of the areas close to me and where I have spent a fair amount of time. They represent only a tiny portion of the area encompassed by the bill, but I hope they will at least provide a glimpse of the country that it was designed to protect.

The following four photos show something of the Baldy Mountain area, consisting of approximately 6,482 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest..

Mt Baldy viewed from the south:

Mt Baldy 2

Mt Baldy viewed from the southwest:

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The next two are scenes from within this proposed area:

Beargrass4

Beargrass5

In the following two photos, some of the peaks within the Cherry Peak area, consisting of approximately 34,964 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest can be seen. When most of the snow pack melts up there (in about a month) I will make a two-day trip into the area and bring back and post some pictures taken within it.

Eddy Mountain

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Here are three photos of the Patrick’s Knob/North Cutoff area, consisting of approximately 17,400 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest:

This is a view looking east from the high country. The wilderness area will extend to the Clark Fork River at the canyon bottom. In the high country across the river are the north and south Siegel areas and the Reservation Divide area.

Home of the cat

Looking up into the area from the north.

Western Larch3

Looking west from along the Flathead River. Patrick’s Knob is the snow-capped peak in the distance, center.

Flathead in winter 1

This is a scene in the South Siegel/South Cutoff area, consisting of approximately 13,872 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest viewed from the north.

Bear grass blossom and pine trees

The North Siegel area, consisting of approximately 8,670 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest. is directly to the left in the next photo, and the beginning of the Reservation Divide area, consisting of approximately 24,540 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest starts also to the left at about 10 o’clock.

East canyon

Back in the days when the Big Hole Lookout tower in the next photo was manned during fire season, the Teepee-Spring Creek area, consisting of approximately 13,092 acres administered by the Lolo National Forest could easily be monitored just below it.

Bighole Lookout

As the summer goes along I plan to visit as many of the areas in this vicinity as I can and will bring back and post more pictures of the scenery within them.

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