Montana Outdoors

October 13, 2009

Priscilla Peak; from the ridge

Above the switchbacks, from 4,800 feet to about 6,000, trail 433 follows a steep ridge for a couple of miles to a mile or so below the peak. It is mostly hidden in heavy timber but happily sheltered from the wind, a pretty trail but without clear views of the surrounding terrain until the ridge top opens up and accommodates views to the north and east that are mesmerizing. I was captivated by the sun, the clouds and the sky as you can see in the following photos, which are offered with no further comments.

Priscilla Peak trail 433

Priscilla Peak trail 433

Priscilla Peak trail 433

Priscilla Peak trail 433

Priscilla Peak trail 433

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30 Comments »

  1. Those views are well worth the walk.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — October 13, 2009 @ 10:38 am

    • I wish you could have dusted off your old boots and joined us!

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

  2. Oh wow… It’s like you can see the whole world from up there!!

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — October 13, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    • If the day had been a little clearer, the view would have been somewhere around a hundred miles in all directions. Three of the peaks in that direction are slightly taller than Priscilla, Baldy at 7,464, Thompson at 7,060 and Little Thompson at 7,029, each being about 15 miles away. The Missiona can be barely seen behind them another 40 miles or so.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 1:12 pm

  3. The downed tree in the first one appears to be pointing to the beautiful view. Such gorgeous country.

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    Comment by SuzieQ — October 13, 2009 @ 12:00 pm

    • It’s special to me: this is where I grew up and I’ve spent a lot of time out in that country, winter and summer.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 1:14 pm

  4. I love the wild mountains in the back!

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    Comment by Deva — October 13, 2009 @ 12:08 pm

    • They are indeed wild. The whole series of peaks there are in two different roadless area.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 1:16 pm

  5. The land and sky are breathtaking. Beautiful and wonderful capture.

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    Comment by Preston Surface — October 13, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

    • It’s very photogenic on clear days, Preston. Lots to photograph!

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  6. What wonderful sky you give! Mother Nature had a hand in it too, of course, but we couldn’t enjoy it without your talent. Here we live in a flat land of swamps which for some strange reason doesn’t translate into awe-inspiring landscape shots such as these.

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    Comment by Aggie Aglaia — October 13, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

    • The peaks and tall ridges have always been my favorite places, Aggie. I believe that the best way to view mountains is from high places. Swamps and flat land contain places of incredible beauty too, just of a different kind and perhaps a little harder to capture.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

  7. What majestic glory in all of these postings! And you have captured it so perfectly too. These are scenes most of will never be able to see in our lifetimes. Thanks for bringing it to us.

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    Comment by Iona — October 13, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

    • I also consider those views majestic, Iona. It’s also true that few people will ever see those exact scenes although that place is remote only because it has to be entered on foot or on horseback and the trail doesn’t show much use. The peak itself is actually only eleven air miles from Thompson Falls.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

  8. Exquisite! That’s where you grew up? No wonder you went back. You sounded a little like Rod Serling in your last sentence

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    Comment by Candace — October 13, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

    • I wish I could have come back sooner, Candace. This is a paradise for someone who loves the outdoors and there is still a lot of country like it across the west.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2009 @ 7:55 pm

  9. I could sit there for hours just soaking it all in!

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    Comment by Cedar — October 14, 2009 @ 8:49 am

    • I plan to do just that next summer, Cedar. That day was extremely cold on the top and we could stay only briefly.

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 7:37 pm

  10. Beautiful vista views of the gorgeous skies and forever peaks. Wow!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — October 14, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    • It’s worth the hike so see that, Anna. I love this country!

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 7:38 pm

  11. Looks like a place to use all your senses. The view is spectacular, but I bet it’s rich in sounds and smells, too. A place I’d love to be.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — October 14, 2009 @ 11:41 am

    • It is, Bo. The pines and cedars smell great and the sounds of the wind up high and the water in the canyons are so relaxing. At the lookout the wind even whistled a bit for us.

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  12. The clouds look like tiny islands in a sea of blue sky, graced by the gentle caress of sun rays.

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    Comment by scienceguy288 — October 14, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    • In a sense they are islands. Days like that are to be celebrated.

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 7:42 pm

  13. Wicked colors, man. Nice.

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    Comment by iheartfilm — October 15, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    • On nice days as that one was, the scenery is really colorful. It’s heightened up there by very clear air too I think.

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      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  14. Beautiful views and images Terry, nicely done !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — October 15, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

    • It’s always exciting to beak out of the trees and get a look back from where we came. Not many feelings just like it.

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      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 9:55 pm

  15. WOW.. talk about beautiful. You can see practically forever. Beautifully done!

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    Comment by jakesangel — October 17, 2009 @ 8:39 pm

    • Yes, it’s a beautiful part of the country and well worth the effort of getting up there. Thank you for the visit and for taking time to comment!

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2009 @ 9:49 pm


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