Montana Outdoors

October 14, 2009

Priscilla Peak: from the top

Priscilla Peak Lookout

From Priscilla Peak

From Priscilla Peak

From Priscilla Peak



  1. Incredible. What wonder!


    Comment by hiddenamongroots — October 14, 2009 @ 8:18 pm

    • Thanks for the visit, Kevin. The views from the high peaks do expand the horizon, don’t they!


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

      • I think the cabin looks surreal on top of this mountain. It kind of reminds me of the movie, North Fork because of that strange and beautiful mix.


        Comment by hiddenamongroots — October 15, 2009 @ 5:26 pm

        • I guess I’m used to seeing the lookouts, but were I not, it would indeed be a strange sight. It does emphasize the loneliness of the lookout.


          Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

  2. What is that building doing there?


    Comment by rvewong — October 14, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    • It is a fire lookout cabin that was built in 1929 or 1930. I have read that it was used at least to some extent until the 1970’s and for a time was part of the Forest Service Lookout rental program. It can be reached only by foot or horseback and is no longer used as a rental. It can still be entered and used in an emergency if necessary.


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 9:46 pm

      • Here in the Catskills and Adirondacks we have fire towers to see above the trees. No need for that here on these rocky peaks. Beautiful view!


        Comment by scienceguy288 — October 15, 2009 @ 9:16 am

  3. Love it!


    Comment by Cedar — October 14, 2009 @ 9:14 pm

    • I do too, Cedar. The trail that heads from there toward the north has a fascination for me and I plan to follow more of it next summer, but that will be a multi-day hike.


      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2009 @ 9:48 pm

  4. Beautiful! The clouds are almost as spectacular as the mountains.


    Comment by kateri — October 15, 2009 @ 3:43 am

    • The clouds were special on that day, but not uncommon. The lower clouds are nearly the same altitude as the peaks and so you get a view of them from the side rather than the bottom.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

  5. Pretty! Is that an old fire lookout?


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — October 15, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    • Yes, vintage 1929 or 1930, I presume a product of the CCC.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 5:46 pm

  6. Looks mighty chilly up there! … like you can see forever … and be so close to God. Love that feeling although it’s been years since I’ve been up that high to experience it. I still remember though…


    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — October 15, 2009 @ 10:31 am

    • It was bitter cold because there was a wind of about 30 mph at the top. The bottoms of my trouser legs were wet from snow on the trail and once we cleared the trees and got into the wind, they froze immediately. Those lonesome high places lend themselves very well to meditation.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  7. Oh my…such beauty. I bet it can get a bit blustery up there. Looks like you had a stellar day.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 15, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    • It was a good day. After 9 hours on the trail we were tired but elated.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

  8. i’m afraid of heights and that third photograph is so lifelike that i’m having some anxiety… really! beautiful pics.


    Comment by kcjewel — October 15, 2009 @ 8:29 pm

    • That side of the peak did drop off sharply. I can understand how someone who does not like heights would feel uncomfortable there.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 9:04 pm

  9. Now that is Big Sky Country Terry, love them all, well done !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — October 15, 2009 @ 9:42 pm

    • Thanks Bernie! Yes, from the peak, the big sky really is big.


      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

  10. […] Mt Headley (4) Filed under: Cube Iron – Silcox roadless area — Tags: Cabinet Mountains, Cube Iron – Silcox roadless area, Fire Lookouts, Montana, Mt Headley, Nature, Outdoors, Priscilla Peak — montucky @ 9:48 pm Mt Headley was the site of one of Montana’s 639 lookout towers that were built after the huge fire of 1910 that burned three million acres of forest in Washington, Idaho and Montana and which killed 87 people including 78 firefighters. The tower, built in 1928, was located just behind this sign at the very peak and there is still some debris from it remaining just below the sign. It was a cupola design cabin somewhat similar to the one on Priscilla Peak. […]


    Pingback by Mt Headley (4) « Montana Outdoors — July 29, 2010 @ 9:48 pm

  11. You live in such a magnificent place! You must feel so blessed every day.


    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — February 7, 2015 @ 7:23 pm

    • Yes, there is much beauty in these mountains if you seek it. I fell in love with these mountains as a child and have never lost it. It is indeed a blessed place.


      Comment by montucky — February 7, 2015 @ 9:11 pm

  12. Brings back many wonderful memories! I spent a summer atop Pricilla Peak. I was a 19 year old college working my way through school and was very fortunate to have had the opportunity spend my summer within the walls of that cabin. I still remember the spectacular views. The summer I spent there was the best summer of my life!

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    Comment by Grumbler — January 18, 2018 @ 10:39 am

    • It’s still beautiful there and still wild. I am hoping that they will restore and protect the cabin for posterity but I don’t know if they will.
      A good friend spent the summer of 1966 on the lookout at Big Hole and he was my hiking companion the day I visited Priscilla.


      Comment by montucky — January 18, 2018 @ 10:53 am

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