Montana Outdoors

September 17, 2008

Fourteen mile trail

Trail clearing today covered about five miles total at an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet in the Patrick’s Knob roadless area. What a gorgeous trail that is! The fall colors are getting a good start at that elevation, and I think these huckleberry bushes were kissed by Jack Frost during the last few nights.

Fourteen mile trail, USFS 1714

Fourteen mile trail, USFS 1714

Fourteen mile trail, USFS 1714

Fourteen mile trail, USFS 1714


  1. Such beauty! It reminds me of the bushes I picked huckleberries from on the wooded hillsides when I was a kid with a lady named Dot.


    Comment by Tabbie — September 17, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

  2. I also have very early memories of areas like this one. Since we were there fairly early this morning the light really brought out the colors. They sure are bright though!


    Comment by montucky — September 17, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  3. The colors are just gorgeous. I love that flaming orange in the first couple of pictures. Early fall, with its first hint of color against the greens of summer, is always so beautiful.



    Comment by Sara — September 17, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

  4. Are huckleberries and blueberries the same thing? I especially like that last picture, so inviting, makes a person want to walk right into the photo and on up the trail. The colors aren’t bright here yet, but we have no wheres near the elevation that you do. Another week or so and we’ll be seeing those oranges and reds.


    Comment by Cedar — September 18, 2008 @ 5:00 am

  5. Sara,

    Yes, the colors really look great contrasted with the greens. So far we’re just seeing the low bushes: the trees haven’t really started to turn yet.


    Comment by montucky — September 18, 2008 @ 7:38 am

  6. Cedar,

    They’re close relatives I think, but not the same berries. Huckleberries cannot be domesticated, and they are so highly prized that they sell for $40 a gallon this year.

    I know your wood will be beautiful, with the broad leaved trees. We have just a few besides the aspen, but the larch will also turn yellow. Our peak is usually about mid October.

    That is a very inviting trail, although it’s a tough one. Just past the top in the photo it starts to drop and then in just a few miles goes from 6,700 feet down to 2,500. The views are incredible though!


    Comment by montucky — September 18, 2008 @ 7:44 am

  7. oh, how pretty!

    we have been thankful for the fall like weather following Ike…highs in 70/80s, lows in the 60s!!


    Comment by silken — September 18, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

  8. Yes, I bet the cooler weather felt good after spending a time without air conditioning! I was very happy to see the Ike was not as fierce as it was feared he might be!


    Comment by montucky — September 18, 2008 @ 7:23 pm

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