Montana Outdoors

August 19, 2010

Cube Iron (1)

A place called “Cube Iron”

On my first visit to Cabin Lake in the Cube Iron – Silcox roadless area I thought this might be a region I would come to love, and after my second visit, to Mt Headley which is about four miles to the north of Cabin Lake, I was really quite taken by it. Last week when I made the trek to Cube Iron Mountain which is a few miles to the south of Cabin Lake I was really in love.

This is the first post of a series that I will do about the Cube Iron Mountain area and I will post the photos in sequence along the trail hoping to show the country as you would also see it as you travelled on the trail. In a few more days I will make another trip into that roadless area, this time to Goat Lakes and Mt Silcox at the very southern end of the roadless area and I understand the scenery there is also very beautiful. (And I hope the name “Goat Lakes” is significant!)

The route that I chose to access Cube Iron began at the same place (Four Lakes Trail Head) as the trail to Cabin Lake, only this trail (USFS Trail 460) heads to the south rather than the north from the trail head. It is a very pleasant trail and in very good condition. The Forest Service trail crews have put a huge amount of time and effort making it that way. (Thanks guys!) From the trail head at about 4,770 feet elevation to the top of Cube Iron at 7,170 feet it is about three miles through a beautiful section of forest with a small stream and lush vegetation.

Griz Country

Scene on USFS Trail 460

Scene on USFS Trail 460

Daisy

Scene on USFS Trail 460

Scene on USFS Trail 460

Scene on USFS Trail 460

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