Montana Outdoors

July 18, 2010

Cabin Lake (2)

This is the second set of photos of the Cabin Lake trail as we continued upwards.

Shrubby PenstemonShrubby penstemon, Penstemon fruticosus

Shrubby Penstemon

Shrubby Penstemon

Bear Grass

Cabin Lake trail

Cabin Lake trail sceneTrail 450 to Mt Headley starts here and is hidden by the ground cover.

Cabin Lake trail scene


  1. Liking that Bear grass image.. Composition wise…Top Notch.


    Comment by ken — July 19, 2010 @ 5:35 am

  2. what a beautiful hike. did you camp out? this makes me wish my foot was fully healed to tackle a hike like that!


    Comment by silken — July 19, 2010 @ 7:02 am

    • This was just a day hike but it would be nice to camp at the lake. I plan on a couple overnight trips yet this summer. I’ve also decided to start driving up to the trail heads in the evening and camp there for the night, giving me an early start on the trail next morning. I wish I had done that on today’s hike. Because of the drive I didn’t start on the trail until 9 AM and got back to the Jeep after 3 PM. It was cooler up there, but still I hiked in the heat of the day.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

  3. Love the last photo. And those puffy-whitish things, what are they? (I may have missed the mention of what they are.) Very intriguing, they are, as I don’t recall seeing anything like this in the mountainous woods of long ago (of course, I hadn’t been as far up North to Montana either). 🙂


    Comment by Anna — July 19, 2010 @ 7:22 am

    • That’s Bear Grass, Anna. It grows only in the western states. Here is a post from about a year ago that shows more of it.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  4. Beautiful views, but I absolutely LOVE the last 2 shots – So very mountainous & colorful & beautiful!!!


    Comment by Tricia — July 19, 2010 @ 12:23 pm

    • Those shots are just above the lake a bit. The trail goes up higher then drops down to the lake. It really is a bright and colorful place!


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

  5. Wow, looks steep! Such stunning contrasts in color…


    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 19, 2010 @ 12:48 pm

    • There are some pretty steep mountainsides there as well as some pretty tall cliffs. Still, it’s worth the hike.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2010 @ 7:59 pm

  6. You know I love the wildflowers, and a path leading any where. Did the trail lead up the steep incline in the second from the last shot?


    Comment by sandy — July 19, 2010 @ 2:44 pm

    • That’s another four miles of trail that leads up to a peak called Mount Headley. In a few more days I will post some photos from there.


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

  7. What a beautiful place!


    Comment by kateri — July 19, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

    • A friend who works for the Forest Service suggested this trail and I loved it! There are four or five more lakes in the general area, but those are too far for day hikes. Next trip up there I’ll have a heavier pack!


      Comment by montucky — July 19, 2010 @ 8:03 pm

  8. It just gets prettier.


    Comment by Candace — July 21, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

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