Montana Outdoors

June 23, 2007

Views from the top

Here are a few views from the Sacajawea Peak area. These were taken from Sacajawea’s sister, Sunset Peak, because Sacajawea is heavily timbered all the way to the top on its West side.

It seems that the path to a castle is always guarded by a dragon, and Sunset has its own dragon perpetually on duty:

The Dragon

For those who conquer the dragon, it’s still another hundred feet or so to the top and its 360º views. (Yes, I did add one more small rock to the top of the pile. It is interesting to note that there was no trace of writing or initials or anything not completely natural anywhere in the area, nor did I see even one piece of litter on the entire trail.)

the top

The view to the Northwest: These are the Northern slopes of the West half of the Cherry Peak roadless area.

Cherry Peak roadless area, North slope

Essentially the same photo but with zoom to show the Eddy Mountain Lookout (6,957 ft) at the West end of the area. (6 miles)

Eddy Mountain Lookout

North: The Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area and Big Hole Peak (6,922 ft) past the Clark Fork River valley. (9 miles)

Teepee-Spring Creek roadless area

Northeast: Baldy Mountain (7,464 ft) in the Baldy Mountain roadless area. (15 miles)

Mount Baldy in the Baldy roadless area

East: The small town of Plains in the distance (10 miles). On the right side, Patrick’s Knob (6,837 ft) in the Patricks Knob roadless area can be seen. (13 miles)

Plains Montana

South-southwest: Sacajawea Peak(6,679 ft) on the right side (1 mile), Bitterroot Mountains in the distance, center (25 miles)

Sacajawea Peak

West: East half of Cherry Peak roadless area, Penrose Peak (7,231 ft) and Cherry Peak (7,226 ft)

Cherry Peak roadless area


  1. One thing I like about your Rockies is they slice into the sky in a way that insists upon being seen. This really shows up in your second photo. They just seem to bristle with the need to be observed – and I really find this group captivating. (ps. dang you look like you got high on a few of these! heck, I hope your tying off! :o)


    Comment by aullori — June 24, 2007 @ 4:43 am

  2. Yes, these mountains are indeed bold. Ironically though, I would guess there are less than a half dozen people who see them from that spot in a year. These views illustrate my feeling that mountains are most properly viewed from high places.


    Comment by montucky — June 24, 2007 @ 7:17 am

  3. The “Dragon” is awesome Terry, what spectacular views, hopefully I will get a few shots like these this week. I am heading to the Smokies in the morning and will be gone about a week or so, I’ll get with you when I return. Have a great week.


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 24, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  4. Thanks, Bernie. Have a great time in the Smokies!


    Comment by montucky — June 24, 2007 @ 2:00 pm

  5. I just stumbled accross your page. I must say, Montana is my next trip! I just came back from the Blue Ridge Mountains in NC, I love the outdoors too. These photos captrured so much more than nature. They captured majesty. Thank you!!


    Comment by enreal — October 9, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

  6. Thanks for stopping by, enreal. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing something of western Montana. There are so many places like this. Many years ago I visited the Blue Ridge Mountains too and I will never forget them.


    Comment by montucky — October 9, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  7. nice picture. I really loved mountain view 🙂 It shows the God miracle.

    may I copy it? 😉


    Comment by Makhfud — October 25, 2007 @ 1:54 am

  8. Makhfud,

    Thank you for visiting and commenting. Yes you may copy my photograph for your enjoyment, but not for commercial purposes. Thank you for asking!


    Comment by montucky — October 25, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

  9. […] and another provides a brief look at the north slope of Sunset Peak. Note the stack of rocks at the top of the peak. There are some photos taken from that peak on a post from last year, Views from the top. […]


    Pingback by Penrose Peak, Part 4 « Montana Outdoors — July 9, 2008 @ 4:33 pm

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