Montana Outdoors

February 24, 2009

Munson Creek in winter (5)

Munson Creek ice

Munson Creek is a small mountain stream that flows for only about 6 miles from the high country beneath Big Hole Peak and the Koo Koo Sint Ridge in the Cabinet Mountains, through the TeePee – Spring Creek Roadless Area to the Clark Fork river. There’s a great little Forest Service trail ( #372) which follows the route of the creek that will take the hiker about seven miles from the river, which is at an elevation of about 2,400 feet to the peak which is at 7,000 feet, and from the higher parts of it the peaks of the Cherry Peak Roadless Area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains can be seen to the south across the Clark Fork Valley.

I dearly love that little trail for many reasons; in order of importance to me: it runs through some beautiful and wild country full of wildlife and wildflowers, it has very few human visitors, and the trail head is quite close to my home. I’ve tried to get lots of photos of the creek in its winter dress this year while I can: who knows what the next year will bring?

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