Montana Outdoors

January 20, 2009

The icicles in Buffalo Bill Canyon (2)

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 9:05 pm

A few more photos from the canyon. By the way, this cliff area is only about a half mile long. There is a single track road through it, but it is closed to traffic. The cliffs upon which the icicles grow varies from 100 to 200 feet high and so the photos require quite a bit of zoom and could be better quality with a better lens. For example, in the first photo the cascade is perhaps 40 feet tall and nearly a hundred feet above the canyon floor: the icicles in the last photo are perhaps 6 feet tall and around 60 feet up.

Often on the rocky areas above the cliffs themselves, Big Horn sheep can be seen.

Icicles at Buffalo Bill Creek

Icicles at Buffalo Bill Creek

Icicles at Buffalo Bill Creek

Icicles at Buffalo Bill Creek


  1. I love these! I remember some you did from last year. these are really interesting, especially when you talk about the differences in the icicles and the patterns from year to year


    Comment by silken — January 20, 2009 @ 9:23 pm

  2. Silken,

    These are in the same area as the photos I posted a year ago, but the shapes and general layout are all different. One of the huge ice falls that was there last year is not there now.


    Comment by montucky — January 20, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

  3. Looks like it’d be great fun to ice-climb. Does anybody do that in that area?


    Comment by wolf — January 20, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

  4. Wolf,

    I understand that there are a number of places where ice climbing is done in western Montana, but none near here that I know of. I suspect that most folks around here, when they develop a death wish, take up snowmobiling.


    Comment by montucky — January 20, 2009 @ 11:39 pm

  5. Ice climbing abounds here in the Adirondacks of northern NY, but so does snowmobiling. Me,…? I don’t do either I never did ice climbing but I used to be a happy snowmobiler! We went as a family with four snowmobiles, and had picnics along the trail. That was nearly 30 years ago!


    Comment by Cedar — January 21, 2009 @ 5:52 am

  6. Wow! These are spectacular! How beautiful these icicles are! Great compositions. I would have so enjoyed being in the canyon and seeing these. 🙂


    Comment by Anna Surface — January 21, 2009 @ 8:14 am

  7. No Big Horn? Well, these spectacular ice cascades make up for that.


    Comment by scienceguy288 — January 21, 2009 @ 9:19 am

  8. Cedar,

    Snowmobiling, or at least part of it has deteriorated in those 30 years. Thrill-seekers have continually pushed the limits into areas where they should not be and are paying the penalty. So far there have been 6 killed this year in western Montana by avalanches. It’s another pastime that has been abused, sadly enough.


    Comment by montucky — January 21, 2009 @ 9:32 am

  9. Anna,

    Mother Nature is quite a landscape architect, isn’t she! They are much prettier than the photos portray.


    Comment by montucky — January 21, 2009 @ 9:35 am

  10. Scienceguy,

    You’re right, of course. I go there to see the ice and anything else is a bonus.


    Comment by montucky — January 21, 2009 @ 9:37 am

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