Montana Outdoors

June 21, 2010

One thousand

WordPress “stats” tells me that this is post number one thousand in this blog. Without commenting on the mental state of anyone who makes that many posts, I will simply offer some photos taken a week ago in my favorite kind of place, a roadless area; this one being the Baldy Mountain Roadless Area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana. They are from the top, or near the top, of the mountain at just about 7,500 feet; 5,000 feet above the valley below. I wish it were possible for everyone to make the hike up there with me!

Baldy Mountain trail

Snow across the trailSnowbank over the trail

Baldy Mountain trail

Baldy Mountain trail

The top

Site of the old lookoutSite of the old lookout from the 1930’s

Baldy LakeBaldy Lake



  1. Terry, Congrats on entry #1000! I’ve enjoyed each and every photograph and blog entry.


    Comment by Maureen — June 21, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

    • Thanks Maureen! It’s very kind of you to say that! I hope you will have a great summer!


      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

  2. 1000? Wow! There are never enough photos like this.
    You show your state’s landscape beautifully.


    Comment by sandy — June 22, 2010 @ 5:34 am

    • This is a very beautiful part of the country and it’s quite photogenic. Most of my scenery photos are taken away from the roads and I’m very thankful for the Forest Service trails in those places that have been preserved and maintained for so many years and provide hiking and horse access. This summer and last, the trail maintenance (and even some trail building) has been supported by some of the economic stimulus money and I think they have used it very well.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2010 @ 8:36 am

  3. Congratulations on 1000! I have been a regular lurker, uh, reader for some time and have enjoyed and marveled at every photograph – and I, too, wish I could have been on your hikes – heck, your photos have even made me want to move to your fair land. Keep up the good work!


    Comment by ojgirl — June 22, 2010 @ 7:03 am

    • Thanks, ojgirl! I very much appreciate getting feedback from folks who enjoy seeing some glimpses into the outdoors of Montana!


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2010 @ 8:41 am

  4. I can see why this would be a favorite of yours…Congrats on the 1000th post!! Whoo hoo!

    Beautiful place – another great place to breathe deep and relax!!


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — June 22, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    • Thanks Stacey. I think lots of folks need that kind of place. Up there, on any day, the headlines are forgotten.


      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  5. Wow, wow, wow, exquisite and congrats on #1,000, quite an accomplishment!


    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  6. Love your mountains, montucky. I’m back in the flatlands, and I’m already missing the Olympic and Cascade ranges. And Mt. Rainier, too.

    I DO so love the mountains!


    Comment by Bo Mackison — June 22, 2010 @ 9:54 pm

  7. Wow! Congratulations on the 1000th post! These are such lovely images in such depth and rustic views. The mountains with snow are beautiful and breathtaking.


    Comment by Anna — June 23, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    • Thanks Anna. I love getting up high this time of year and seeing the snowbanks. The snow was melting and there were tiny streams of water from them running down the trail.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  8. Beauty all around you! How special is that! Wilderness is something to be treasured. Great photography as usual. Congrats on that 1,000th post.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 23, 2010 @ 8:17 am

    • It certainly is something to be treasured. Being in it brings a perspective that nowhere else can bring.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

  9. Good work Terry, I started watching about number 500, but have gone back in your archives and looked at most of the others. I can’t hike anymore, but enjoy seeing the places I have been and especially those I haven’t. Rich


    Comment by rich — June 23, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    • Thanks Rich! If I can I want to move around a little more this summer. I’m hoping to Hike Sundance Ridge from Vermillion Pass to Thompson River among others. I’ve also hear that Cabin Lake is very pretty and will fit that in soon.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  10. Well celebrated. Here’s to your next 1,000 posts.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — June 23, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

  11. These photographs remind me eloquently that there still are cooler climes in this world! I am so tired of the heat here that I feel I’ll melt away inconspicuously any day without anyone noticing!


    Comment by Sumedh Prasad — June 23, 2010 @ 3:40 pm

    • I know what it’s like, living in high temperatures. We will get hot here in August, but we can still get into the high mountains and cool off a bit and our nights are cool even then.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

  12. Congratulations!
    Now, could you slow down while I catch up?!!


    Comment by VioletSky — June 23, 2010 @ 5:11 pm

    • Thanks! This time of year there are so many interesting or pretty things in the outdoors. Right now I’m trying to keep up: next winter it will be much slower.


      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

  13. i look forward to the next 1,000 =o)


    Comment by Sandy — June 23, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

  14. Just breathtaking. Someday would love to hike it…


    Comment by kateri — June 24, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    • I sure find it worth the effort. The road to the trail head is short and the trail is good, although it does have a 1,400 foot vertical to it. Once above the trees though you forget about everything else.


      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

  15. what gorgeous scenes! I really like the second and last photos. if we can’t all hike with you, at least you bring the hike to us through these really wonderful 1000 blog posts! thanks!!


    Comment by silken — June 25, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

    • Thanks Silken! With the temps you’ve been having, I bet the snow looks pretty good to you!


      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2010 @ 7:34 pm

  16. ok, it is hot, but I am not sure snow ever really looks good to me! 🙂 but it is pretty to look at…


    Comment by silken — June 27, 2010 @ 7:13 pm

    • I bet you would enjoy those snow banks this time of year. They are also useful for cooling off your water bottle for lunch.


      Comment by montucky — June 27, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  17. It looks like you were on top of the world… just beautiful.


    Comment by kcjewel — June 27, 2010 @ 8:32 pm

    • It isn’t exceptionally high altitude, but with a 360° view it seems like the top of the world.


      Comment by montucky — June 27, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

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