Montana Outdoors

March 12, 2011

Finally, a clear day!

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:27 pm

Mount Baldy

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  1. Does this mountain have a trail or a road to the top? Looking at it in the photo, I wondered how long it would take to climb.

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    Comment by knightofswords — March 12, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

    • Thankfully, the mountain is in a small (6,82 acre) roadless area. It does have a trail 2.5 – 3 miles long from the trail head to the top with an elevation climb of about 1,500 feet. I go up there every year as soon as the road to the trail head is drivable. I hiked to the top three times last year.

      The peak is at 7,464 feet, about 7 miles ( as the crow flies) from and about 4,500 feet above the point where the photo was taken. It would be a long day’s hike from the valley to the top.

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      Comment by montucky — March 12, 2011 @ 9:21 pm

  2. Beautiful view. Blue skies are so welcome after a lot of grey days. We have been blessed this winter with a lot of sunshine. Last winter we had one similar to yours where we did not see the sun for weeks.

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    Comment by kateri — March 12, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    • Yes, blue skies and a little sun do a lot to pick up the spirits. Our mountain snow pack is 145% of normal this year and for that we are very thankful. More clear days will come!

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      Comment by montucky — March 12, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

  3. And when your days are clear, they are really clear, way clearer than our “clear” days. Looks beautiful.

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    Comment by Candace — March 13, 2011 @ 12:58 am

    • Yes, the air here is very clean, especially over the mountains.

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  4. What a grand view! I am sure we have seen a view from the top of this mountain, too, haven’t we?

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    Comment by sandy — March 13, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    • Yes, I have posted quite a few photos of and from that mountain. It’s a favorite place for me.

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  5. Very clear, indeed… WoW! Gorgeous! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — March 13, 2011 @ 12:15 pm

    • The snow up there is deeper than it has been for over ten years and I’m so glad to see it that way!

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

  6. PS Thanks so much for your comment on my sunset pic… I sincerely appreciate your honest opinion!!! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — March 13, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

    • I tend to prefer the natural shots, although I am interested in other treatments and like many of them. that sunset was just so pretty all by itself!

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

  7. A beautiful clear day at that! Gorgeous!

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    Comment by Barbara — March 13, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

    • After so many gray-sky days, that blue was ever so welcome!

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  8. A view to lift the spirits, for sure! Just a breathtaking photo. You must be eager for your first hike up this year.

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — March 13, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

    • I am just dying for a hike up there! It will be over a month before there will even be a chance. With the snow this winter, there will be banks of it just over the peak that will still be 20 feet deep at the end of June. Should be able to get up the trail in May.

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  9. On a clear day you can see forever… 🙂

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    Comment by kcjewel — March 13, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    • Almost! On a day like that, over a hundred miles from a peak like that one.

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      Comment by montucky — March 13, 2011 @ 9:12 pm

  10. Looks like you could see forever. The sky, snow, trees and your talent and photographing them never cease to amaze and delight, Terry.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — March 14, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    • I’ve probably posted too many shots of this mountain, but I couldn’t resist the clear day and the deep snow on top.

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      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2011 @ 7:59 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, You are lucky to have such beautiful scenery near you. Excellent picture! Have a fabulous day today!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — March 14, 2011 @ 11:02 am

    • Yes, very lucky. I see this particular mountain everyday,clouds willing.

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      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  12. Ohhhh, lovely. Looks a bit like Mt Rainier, proudly reaching above the others, covered with deep snow. When is the typical first day of snow melt?

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — March 14, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    • A lot depends on elevation. We see snow melting here off and on as early as February at valley level. At mountain top level, probably not much if any melt yet. Now we are getting into the melt/freeze cycle, although the snow in the open valley locations has mostly melted already. Higher up, it will melt a little during the sunny days, then freeze at night, creating a kind of ice/snow sandwich which is valuable to help prolong the complete melting of the mountain snow pack until as late as July. Our rivers here reach the peak of runoff around the end of May.

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      Comment by montucky — March 14, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  13. A lovely sight to see here in the greater DC Metropolitan area… I miss the mountains and wide open spaces of Montana so visiting your blog is always a treat!

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    Comment by Victoria — March 15, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    • Well, getting to see that mountain is a step in the right direction. Now having enough good weather to clear some of the roads and trails…

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      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  14. Glorious! I’m heading to Western Colorado this weekend and hope to see similar sights!

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    Comment by Tammy McLeod — March 15, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    • I hope you will have good weather, Tammy. The scenery is sure there!

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      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2011 @ 8:56 pm

  15. And what a beautiful snow capped mountain on a clear day! 🙂

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    Comment by Anna — March 15, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

    • Mount Baldy is pretty all time of the year when the sky is clear. Of course I prefer it when I can be up there on top!

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      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

  16. Amazing photo. The sky is so vibrant, it makes the picture. Good job.

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    Comment by Maggie — March 15, 2011 @ 6:10 pm

    • We have had very little blue sky over this winter. It’s a treat when it’s there!

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      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  17. I was reading a few comments about a trail on that mountain. It woud be great to hike to the top.

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    Comment by Ratty — March 15, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    • It’s a great hike. From the top you can see a lake below just off the far side and a 360° view. The Mission Mountains are visible to the east and the Bitterroots to the south.

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      Comment by montucky — March 15, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  18. Breathtaking mountainscape. WOW!

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    Comment by Marcie — March 16, 2011 @ 6:13 am

    • I can’t resist a shot of that mountain when the sky is clear.

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      Comment by montucky — March 16, 2011 @ 7:04 pm

  19. When you have a clear day, it’s really a clear day. Wow, what a beautiful photograph. Thank you!

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — March 16, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    • We are fortunate here to still have very pure air. I will never take that for granted!

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      Comment by montucky — March 16, 2011 @ 7:06 pm

  20. Post card obviously. I think that I do not have much to add, because all has been said before.

    I really do love this photo!

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    Comment by sartenada — March 18, 2011 @ 12:14 am

    • That mountain is close and I always love to see it. I’ve hiked on it ever since I was a child.

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      Comment by montucky — March 18, 2011 @ 8:32 pm


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