Montana Outdoors

July 18, 2009

Blossom Lake

Filed under: Coeur d'Alene Mountains, Hiking, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — montucky @ 10:22 pm

Today was forecast to be the hottest day of the year so far and a good friend and I chose to hike into the Evans Gulch roadless area. It was a good decision.

After a hike of about 2.5 miles on USFS trail 404, which is a beautiful hiking and horse trail that runs along the border between Montana and Idaho, we reached Blossom Lake. The trail winds through an old growth forest of tall firs, larch and pines which shade the length of the trail.

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake

While the elevation of the lake is not especially high at about 5,600 feet, those are snow banks just above the shoreline toward the right side of the photo.

Blossom Lake

This lake and its many sisters are a vital part of the great watershed provided by the roadless areas of the Rocky Mountains. The Evans Gulch roadless area is just one of the many roadless areas in our National Forests for which Montana’s single pathetic member of the United States House of Representatives, Denney Rehberg, ¬†continually fights to deny the protection of wilderness designation.

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