Montana Outdoors

August 22, 2008

A walk in the clouds

Yesterday I hiked the first couple of miles of USFS trail 1714 into the Patrick’s Knob/North Cutoff roadless area with the temperature in the 40’s and a light rain falling.

Following are just the first 6 photos from that trip. Walk with me in the clouds.

Trail 1714

Trail 1714

Trail 1714

Trail 1714

Trail 1714

Trail 1714


  1. Not to spoil the nice views, but it looks like your area has a similar issue with Pine Beetle infestation as we do here.


    Comment by briansrapier — August 22, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  2. Oh, and I am *very* jealous of your view.


    Comment by briansrapier — August 22, 2008 @ 10:52 am

  3. We sure do. This particular area isn’t too bad, but it’s a huge problem in the general area and one for which there aren’t any good solutions.

    The Forest Service is spending most of their budget paying people like Mark Rey to work against the forests, trying to save homes from wildfire that shouldn’t even be there in the first place, removing the old roads that they should have not let the loggers build years ago and defending themselves from law suits by the environmentalists who are trying to keep them from making things even worse than they already are.


    Comment by montucky — August 22, 2008 @ 11:38 am

  4. I wish to do the same – to be able to go out everyday into the infinite beauties of this world, commune with nature and myself, and capture photographs to awe-inspire others…I wish to do the exact same! πŸ™‚


    Comment by Sumedh — August 22, 2008 @ 1:18 pm

  5. The view is beautiful.


    Comment by Tabbie — August 22, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

  6. Sumedh,

    I know I am very fortunate to be able to spend as much time as I do in the outdoors. As each year goes by I am even more conscious of my mortality and therefore even more thankful that I still have the ability. I don’t want to lose a day I might spend in the wild country, and do my best to show others what I see out there.


    Comment by montucky — August 22, 2008 @ 8:06 pm

  7. Tabbie,

    It’s a beautiful place, that trail, and yet it’s another place where I see the tracks of others only on the very first part of it and I’m at once sad to see that they go no further and fail to see more of the wonder of the wild country and yet happy to know that after the first few miles I will have no company out there.

    When the sky is clear, there is a panoramic view of three valleys and two rivers 4,000 feet below the trail and the majestic Mission mountain range in the distance to the north and the Bitterroot range to the south.


    Comment by montucky — August 22, 2008 @ 8:11 pm

  8. Great photos. It almost made me believe that I was there.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — August 23, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  9. Wonderful photographs. Some of my most favorite hikes were those where the clouds came down below the mountain tops, sometimes to engulf the trail.



    Comment by knightofswords — August 23, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

  10. Scienceguy,

    I’m pleased that you said that because I really want my photos to show, as much as possible, exactly what it’s like in the wild country.


    Comment by montucky — August 23, 2008 @ 8:03 pm

  11. Malcolm,

    I like those days, too, and that’s how it was this time. Just a light rain and clouds that were drifting across the ridge tops, once in awhile opening up enough to allow a glimpse of the valleys in the distance. One of the many times I just want to stay up there.


    Comment by montucky — August 23, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

  12. Love the virtual journey! would love to see if for real! though 40’s is a bit cold to me!!


    Comment by silken — August 24, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

  13. I know you would love it, Silken. If you lived around here, you could do some excellent conditioning training on these trails and enjoy the views at the same time!


    Comment by montucky — August 24, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

  14. I think most everyone would enjoy exerscising more if this were the route! πŸ™‚


    Comment by silken — August 27, 2008 @ 4:06 pm

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