Montana Outdoors

September 1, 2008

September 1 on Baldy Mountain

3:47 PM 6,400 Ft.

From Baldy Mountain trail

4:16 PM 6,800 Ft.

From Baldy Mountain trail

4:31 PM 7,000 Ft.

From Baldy Mountain trail

It was pleasant this afternoon, walking on a high trail with light snow drifting down, the first of the season.


  1. Wow, the vistas are extraordinarily beautiful. Great captures!


    Comment by Matt George — September 1, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  2. Nice! I could very much enjoy making such a trek. There is so much scenery to take in. It is truly beautiful! Is that fog I am seeing, or is it snow drifting down? Is it much more difficult to breathe up there at those altitudes?


    Comment by Tabbie — September 1, 2008 @ 9:42 pm

  3. Thanks Matt! It’s a gorgeous trail, and affords 360 degree views so there’s always a photo somewhere! Thanks for the visit!


    Comment by montucky — September 1, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

  4. Snow! Do you think it will be a wild long winter coming up? Seems like all of last winter’s snowy drama was so recently replaced by summer, and already the cycle is ready to continue.

    I do always look forward to Autumn color, though, but this October we will be in the Southwest for some of the time. Wonder how those region’s fall will differ from Wisconsin’s? I’m looking forward to some exploring!


    Comment by Bo — September 1, 2008 @ 10:10 pm

  5. I think you’d love it, Tabbie! I visit this trail several times a year and take my time on the trail. There are views in all directions, and they continually change with the weather.

    Those are actually clouds that the wind is blowing across the mountaintop. Sometimes they will close in over the mountain and the visibility goes down to practically zero. Then it’s good to have a distinct trail to follow (as this one is). The snow was very light and not enough to coat the ground of the trees, but very pleasant to see and feel. It was cold enough that when I stopped to pick some berries my hand started to get numb.

    Breathing is noticeably more difficult at that altitude for anyone not conditioned to it. The air is much thinner and therefore you have to breathe deeper to get the oxygen you need. If you hike up there frequently you build up lung capacity. Then the advantage is that when you go back down to lower altitudes it seems as though you hardly have to breathe at all. The easiest thing to do is just to pace yourself the higher you go and you won’t notice it too much. It is interesting though. A week ago I took my daughter up high to pick huckleberries and since she wasn’t conditioned to the altitude, she had to stop for a breath very often while I felt perfectly normal.


    Comment by montucky — September 1, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  6. Bo,
    We’ve had a relatively cool and wet summer here this year and so if that trend continues we should see a lot of snow again this winter. I sure hope so! This part of the country thrives on 30 or 40 feet of snow in the high country, and I’m looking forward to it.

    In the Southwest it depends on the altitude. I spent over 20 years in Arizona and found the fall was beautiful in the northern part at high altitudes, but even in the lower deserts there are trees that turn golden and leaves that turn red, although it’s much more subtle there.

    I found that October was a wonderful time to explore the Southwest because you didn’t have to contend with the terrible desert heat and yet the high country was still temperate. You should expect to really enjoy exploring there! (And it’s really photogenic!)


    Comment by montucky — September 1, 2008 @ 10:36 pm

  7. I really like that shot with the snow falling. At first glance I thought it was fog,… Love those kind of times,…


    Comment by Cedar — September 2, 2008 @ 4:57 am

  8. wow! lovely…


    Comment by Sumedh — September 2, 2008 @ 7:31 am

  9. wow, just a few minutes and a little elevation make a lot of difference! being down here at 20 feet above sea level, I know I would have to join your daughter on her breathing breaks! I think I would prefer to be able to see my way clearly along the trail!


    Comment by silken — September 2, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  10. Cedar,

    That’s mostly clouds, but a light snow mixed in with them. I’ve been considering going back up there today: the peak might be white!


    Comment by montucky — September 2, 2008 @ 8:39 am

  11. It’s a place, Sumedh, where the views are different every day.


    Comment by montucky — September 2, 2008 @ 8:40 am

  12. Going from 20 feet to 7000, you would certainly notice it, Silken, but with the conditioning you have been doing you would adapt fast. That is a fairly wide and obvious trail, so the visibility isn’t a problem other than you just can’t see out. At that point I turned around. It was also cold: a good reminder of why I always have a warm jacket in my pack.


    Comment by montucky — September 2, 2008 @ 8:45 am

  13. Oh, Montucky!! That’s just *gorgeous*!

    You obviously had a nicer day up your way than we did in Missoula (it was cloudy and intermittently rainy).

    I’m working on getting myself conditioned to the altitude because I really want to be able to get up into the high country like that. (There’s a mountain trail right behind my apartment that’s not as beautiful and remote as yours, but it is going to be a great conditioning hike because I can do it as often I want.)

    Thanks so much for sharing (and for the motivation to get done with my work quickly so I can go up the mountain).


    Comment by Sara — September 2, 2008 @ 2:12 pm

  14. I’m glad you made it to Missoula OK, Sara! Welcome to Montana!

    It’s good to have a trail handy for conditioning hikes! That’s what I started doing a year and a half ago, just hiking from my house and now I can handle just about any trail I want.

    Yes, our weather sometimes varies from Missoula’s but it’s usually fairly close: we’re about 75 miles west of there.

    I sure hope you find Missoula (and Montana) to your liking, and I hope it will be good for you!


    Comment by montucky — September 2, 2008 @ 7:52 pm

  15. Good hike great shooting.


    Comment by rvewong — September 9, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

  16. Thanks for the visit! Yes, it’s a great hike and it’s hard to take a bad photo up there!


    Comment by montucky — September 9, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

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