Montana Outdoors

December 5, 2008

The snow line

Motivated by the fact that even though this has been an incredibly mild winter here so far the snow line is slowly moving down the mountains and soon will shut off access to many of the trail heads, yesterday I hiked up to where I could get a good view of the peaks of the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains.

Cherry Peak roadless area

So far the access road has only a little snow on it above about 4,000 feet, but after the next snowfall it will likely be unusable for the rest of the winter.

These photos were taken from an elevation of just under 6,000 feet (which is just about the bottom of the snow line which can be seen quite clearly in the second photo), and the tallest peaks are just over 7,000 feet. I always love to see that distinct snow line at least once before a big storm brings all of the whiteness the rest of the way to the valley floor.

Cherry Peak roadless area.

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