Montana Outdoors

June 13, 2010

They get steeper every year…

This trail today seemed to go clear to the sky.

Baldy Mountain trail 340USFS trail 340T in the Baldy Mountain roadless area, Cabinet Mountains, Lolo National Forest, western Montana.

(Yes those are patches of snow. There are still snowbanks ten feet deep at the top of the mountain.)



  1. Lovely photo. Looks like it’s pretty darn close to the sky.


    Comment by Candace — June 13, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

    • About a mile closer than at the house. I had promised myself that I’d go up there on the next clear day we had.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

  2. On my survival course in the Cabinets in the middle of August, we came across a huge snow egg up on top of some mountain. After weeks of boiling water to drink, we got down on hands and knees and sucked cold clean water through the icy snow.


    Comment by Patia — June 14, 2010 @ 1:28 am

    • That had to be a new definition for “refreshing”! I was a little surprised to see that much snow remaining up there after such a dry winter. It was also interesting to see that Baldy Lake was still nearly frozen over.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 8:11 am

  3. Mountain blue sky. Thanks for taking us with you on the harder-each-year climb. I can relate.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 14, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    • This was the first chance I’ve had this year to get that far up. It will get easier. There’s a difference between kinking at 2500 feet and 7500.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 8:12 am

  4. That blue sky is gorgeous – lovely image too. Looks cold up there!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 14, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    • The temperature was just about perfect, although the direct sun was hot. A little breeze felt so good off the snow.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 8:13 am

  5. Stark, lovely, rough, and wow… what a deep forever blue sky! I really like this perspective.


    Comment by Anna — June 14, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    • There is a good portion of the trail that has scenes like this one. It’s a wonderful place to be on clear days.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

  6. Now, that is a rugged mountain shot. The tree is just right.


    Comment by sandy — June 14, 2010 @ 2:41 pm

    • There are a lot of trees like that near the top of the mountain. They have so much character.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

  7. It looks like it goes clear to the sky! Very dramatic.


    Comment by kateri — June 14, 2010 @ 5:42 pm

    • The trail is very dramatic once it ascends above the trees. There, it’s rocks and trail and sky.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

  8. Looks pretty high up there alright. I bet I would have difficulty breathing be at such altitude.


    Comment by Preston — June 14, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

    • The air is a little thinner at that altitude and you would notice it as you hiked. If you hike more slowly it’s not an issue.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

  9. A very beautiful photo. Gee, I would not mind having a bit of snow today. Hot and humid and stormy here in beautiful TN!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 14, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    • Yesterday was our warmest of this year by far, at 83° in the valley; more like 70 at the top. I had lunch at the top and it was very comfortable with a little breeze coming off the snow. That would have given you a little break! Last June I was on top in a snow storm and a bitter cold wind.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

  10. WOW!


    Comment by silken — June 15, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    • I wish everyone could walk to the top of that mountain every summer. One sees the world differently from there.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

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