Montana Outdoors

June 23, 2010

High mountain…

Those words always pique my interest, and while trying to identify several wildflowers that I encountered after a brief visit to the Coeur d’Alene Mountains today I saw that they were attached to one of them; High Mountain Cinquefoil. As usual, I could be wrong in the identification, but the name seems to fit the plant.

High Mountain CinquefoilHigh Mountain Cinquefoil, Potentilla flabellifolia with the peaks of the Cherry Peak Roadless Area in the background

High Mountain CinquefoilCinquefoil and friend

High Mountain Cinquefoil

Though I didn’t go as far as I would have liked, I did run across a number of species of wildflowers and I will likely post them in the next few days even though there are a couple that I haven’t yet identified.


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


June 20, 2010

Muddy water

Filed under: Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 10:13 pm

Our river is high and muddy from the recent rains. It is now roughly eight feet above the level of late summer. I don’t suppose that the trout mind, but it sure isn’t a friendly place to fish with my flies. This photo was taken this afternoon during a break in the clouds.

Clark Fork River during spring runoffClark Fork of the Columbia River

June 19, 2010


Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , , , , — montucky @ 9:30 pm

This evening there were Harebells blooming at Munson Creek and I was able to get a few photos just before the rain started to hit the trail. They seem to be blooming quite early this year.

Common Harebell

Common Harebell

Common HarebellCommon Harebell, Campanula rotundafolia, Bluebells of Scotland

June 18, 2010


Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Hiking — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:27 pm

About eight and a half miles from the highway up the Weeksville Creek road FS road 18299 runs off toward the west. It’s an old logging road that has been preserved for access but closed to motor vehicles and always a pleasant place to hike: sometimes when the light is just right it’s special. This photo was taken about 6:30 this evening just as the sun was beginning to set in the narrow canyons of the higher country; for me, a good reason to spend time there.

FS 18299

June 14, 2010

Queen’s Cup

It was a pleasant surprise this evening to see Queen’s Cup (or Bride’s Bonnet) blooming, for although I have been looking for it, this is the first I’ve seen this year. The quarter-sized flowers always look so nice against the green grasses and low shrubs of the forest.

Queen's CupQueen’s Cup, Clintonia uniflora, Lili family

Queen's Cup

These were growing along the trail at the bottom end of TeePee Creek and another pleasant surprise was to see the creek still running this late in the year. By this time it often is underground at the lower end although still flowing higher up.

TeePee CreekTeePee Creek

Despite the fact that the Forest Service abandoned the TeePee Creek trail and obliterated the road that led to the trail head, the trail itself, although no longer maintained, is still accessible for those who want to work a bit for it. It’s in good bear country.

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