Montana Outdoors

September 12, 2010

South of Big Hole, west of Spring Creek

Scenery along an old logging road, now gated and closed off to motor vehicles. This photo was taken about six miles from the gate. A very pleasant place to go for a long hike. The road is on the eastern border of the TeePee – Spring Creek roadless area. The roadless area is to the right in the photo and the Spring Creek canyon is to the left.

South of Big Hole Lookout


  1. Hi Montucky – That certainly is a beautiful place to hike! Great picture!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 13, 2010 @ 10:50 am

    • It is a great place to hike! Because the road has been closed for many years, that place is quite remote for people, but the road is used a lot by the wildlife. One section of about a mile is just covered with moose droppings and there is a lot of bear sign as well. I even saw a Rough Legged Hawk wheeling in the sky.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:24 pm

  2. Is that level spot on the hillside the old road? Are the leaves turning there yet? We sure didn’t see many red leaves up near the Quebec borer this weekend. I was surprised.


    Comment by sandy — September 13, 2010 @ 2:42 pm

    • Yes. The road was built probably 50 to 60 years ago and has been closed for nearly 20.

      A few trees are starting to turn color, but they are at the very beginning. I did see one larch that was all yellow already but just the one. No Aspens in “bloom” yet. It’s still pretty early.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  3. Oh, that’s perfect. Unending beauty.


    Comment by Candace — September 13, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    • That day I walked for over six hours in country like that. On foot it seems unending.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

  4. Beautiful. I like the clouds as well as the mountain!


    Comment by kateri — September 13, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

    • There were all kinds of cloud studies. That photo was taken during a rare half hour of sun. It gave me just enough time to take off my poncho and then put it back on again for the next rain shower. Makes for a great hike though!


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

  5. It almost scares me to look at your beautiful photographs sometimes. I’m not very fond of heights to say the least!! Unfortunately I wouldn’t be able to walk that path, but sure am glad I can see it through your eyes.


    Comment by kcjewel — September 13, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    • I can understand, but I’d like to think you could gradually work up to the high country views Jewel. This particular road would not be too bad, but I’ve seen several people who were very uncomfortable on the road up to the trail head.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2010 @ 9:59 pm

  6. I love the perspective of this shot as to how the eye is led on the ridge into the strand of tall trees. Beautiful!


    Comment by Anna — September 14, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    • Yes, that’s what attracted me to the scene too, Anna. And then, of course, one has to go there!


      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2010 @ 8:46 pm

  7. This place seems to me to be place for hiking. You’ll never know what to find after next “curve”.

    Very nice nature photo.


    Comment by sartenada — September 16, 2010 @ 11:13 pm

    • Exactly, Matti! I keep hiking to see what’s around that next curve. Sometimes it makes a long hike!


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2010 @ 11:59 pm

  8. Always, looking at your photos, I get the feeling that I’m actually there. Thank you! This is lovely. (Though in actuality, with my wonky balance, I’d probably fall down the hill/mountainside!)


    Comment by Val Erde — September 17, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    • You know, balance is certainly an issue in these mountains, although on this particular trip, not so much because of the old road. Something I pay a lot of attention to because I hike alone.


      Comment by montucky — September 17, 2010 @ 9:15 pm

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