Montana Outdoors

July 11, 2010

New territory

This week I will be having a wonderful time hiking into some favorite areas and some new ones with a good friend. Later there will be time for more photos from those trips, but for now, here is a sample from today’s hike to Cabin Lake in the Cube Iron – Silcox roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

Cabin LakeCabin Lake

The lake is at an elevation of 5,900 feet and is reached by a two and a half mile hike on a trail from the Four Lakes trail head that has a lot of “up” to it.



  1. that’s a beautiful photo dad!! Wow!


    Comment by juls — July 12, 2010 @ 12:16 am

  2. Wow! Lovely photo! Looking forward to the ones from your hike!


    Comment by Barbara — July 12, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

    • I will post more (I came back with 90). There was a bonus on our return as we got closer to the trail head.


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

  3. It is always nice to return to familiar places. However, new ones feel like an adventure. Where’s the cabin? 🙂


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 12, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

    • This was a very nice trip and I’m glad we did it. It’s a beautiful area. Today we hiked to a peak four miles above it.

      There’s no cabin, but just a little above the lake level is a small flat spot that would be perfect for a tiny cabin. A backpack tent will have to do though.


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

  4. It is lovely, and I am looking forward to more photos.


    Comment by sandy — July 12, 2010 @ 1:16 pm

    • It was a beautiful trip and I will certainly post more photos. For us it was a mild introduction to an excellent assortment of trails through high wild country. We did find Grizzly scat on the trail.


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2010 @ 10:19 pm

  5. SOunds like too much “up” for me — beautiful though, that’s for sure.


    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 12, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

    • It was about 1,400 feet of “up”. Our hike today had about the same, but it was four miles from the trail head to the peak and much higher elevation: we could feel that!


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  6. What a stunningly beautiful place. That lake is really fantastically beautiful!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 12, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    • It is just a beautiful area . I’m so glad that there are places like that still around. The trip we made today was another beautiful one. We were able to drive to 6,000 feet and hiked up to 7,400 and saw no people and saw only old tracks in the snow.


      Comment by montucky — July 12, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

  7. Looks like God took His hand and painted those whispy clouds. Beautiful place Terry. Hope you get to truly enjoy.


    Comment by Stacey Dawn — July 13, 2010 @ 12:22 am

    • Yes, He did a nice job on the clouds, as well as the rest of that country. There are several more lakes in that general area that I hope to visit too.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

  8. What a shot Montucky!!! I bet the lake is loaded with fish.


    Comment by Preston Surface — July 13, 2010 @ 3:56 am

    • We didn’t try fishing, but I understand it is fishable. I might spend a night there later in the summer and if so I’ll take my fly rod.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  9. This is absolutely gorgeous! Wow! What a sight. I love this photo!


    Comment by Anna — July 13, 2010 @ 7:04 am

    • You would have loved that trip. I kept 90 of the photos that I took that day. Did you get my email with the photo copy?


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

  10. That’s quite a reward for 2.5 miles of up.


    Comment by Candace — July 13, 2010 @ 8:47 am

  11. The scene is incredibly inviting…


    Comment by burstmode — July 13, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    • I wished I had stayed a night there, but later I’ll go back.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

  12. Even if I didn’t catch a single fish, I wouldn’t mind spending the afternoon on that lake in a canoe.



    Comment by knightofswords — July 13, 2010 @ 2:33 pm

    • I thought briefly about lashing together some logs along the shore, which is as close as I could come to that.


      Comment by montucky — July 13, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

  13. Wonderful image and scene !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 14, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

  14. starting to look a bit warmer!


    Comment by silken — July 14, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

    • It was a bit warm on the hike up, which was fairly steep. Nice and cool at the lake though.


      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  15. Wow, that’s the place I like to trek. Pure fresh air, splended sceneries etc. Your photo is terrific.


    Comment by sartenada — July 15, 2010 @ 10:06 pm

    • We found it to be a very nice area and plan to return for a much longer trip. I brought back 70 photos of this one though and will post more later.


      Comment by montucky — July 15, 2010 @ 10:41 pm

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