Montana Outdoors

August 20, 2010

Cube Iron (2)

About a mile and a half up trail 460, the trail touches Four Lakes Creek, not far from its source in the Four Lakes Basin. At this point the stream is still quite small and flows down through a narrow little stream bed that is just crammed with vegetation,

Four Lakes Creek

including a wildflower that I encountered here for the very first time. It is growing right in the creek or on the very edge of it in stands of several dozen plants up to two feet tall.

Pink Monkeyflower, (Mimulus lewisii)Pink Monkeyflower, Mimulus lewisii

USFS Trail 460USFS Trail 460

This section of trail has just been completely reworked by the Forest Service trail crews.

USFS Trail 460USFS trail 460

False Hellebore dominates this particular area right beside the trail.

False Hellebore (Veratrum viride)False Hellebore, Veratrum viride

Its blossoms seem to be completely green in color!

False Hellebore (Veratrum viride)False Hellebore, Veratrum viride

Somewhere between two and three miles from the trail head (I don’t agree with the Forest Service on their assessment of this distance) Cube Iron Mountain appears in the distance about 800 feet higher up.

Cube Iron MountainCube Iron Mountain

The trail does begin to climb straight toward the peak (it can be barely seen in the foreground, center) then turns left, climbs to Cube Iron Pass and then follows the ridge the rest of the way to the top. I will post a series of photos taken from various stages of that trail as I continue the ascent.

Cube Iron MountainCube Iron Mountain

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