Montana Outdoors

September 18, 2011

Just looking around

Filed under: Cube Iron - Silcox roadless area, Hiking — Tags: — montucky @ 10:06 pm

Just lookin' around.

(From the top of Mount Headley)


  1. Is there a more exciting place to stand than on a mountain top where you can see forever? It looks like it was a perfect day.


    Comment by anniespickns — September 19, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    • The weather was really quite good for that trip. I had been afraid it would be too hot, and it did get pretty warm, but we got a very early start.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

  2. wow. great view.


    Comment by songofthewolf — September 19, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    • Yes, it’s quite a view. That was the site of a fire lookout at one time and it must have been quite an experience to spend the whole summer there when the lookout was in operation!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:29 pm

      • I was on the tower for about two months from the first week of July 1951 to the first week of September. I was told that I was the first lookout since 1937 on Mount Headley. There were many Time and other magazines from the spring of 1937 in the tower when I got there. I also worked on Clarks Peak tower in 1952 and was told that the Headley tower was being replaced by air patrols. I would have worked there the next summer, but I got an offer from Korea I could not turn down. I was mountain goat and elk hunting in the area in 1956 and 1957. As great as your pictures are it is not like being seventeen and all by your self with black clouds and lighting next door.


        Comment by Hal Tilzey — October 13, 2012 @ 11:46 am

        • Hello, Hal!
          Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment! I would have loved to see the tower on Headley in 1951. I understand it was destroyed in 1965. Only a sign and a few pieces of debris remain there now. I planned to visit there with a friend this year but he had an injury and couldn’t come; it may be too late now with new snow in the high country, but next summer I will go and from there go on to Marmot Peak.
          Assuming your offer to go to Korea might have been from the military, I’m glad that you made it back OK!
          I ran into a pair of nice bull elk this summer a few miles west of Vermillion Pass and a couple of years ago saw a nice billy just above Cabin Lake, so they are still in there. Haven’t been to Clark Peak, but it’s on my list.
          By the way, I have made quite a few posts about Mt. Headley with a bunch of photos. If you are interested there is a place on the right side bar where you can do a search of my blog and if you search for Mount Headley they will come up.


          Comment by montucky — October 13, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  3. Wow! Your pretty daughter is a bonus to you wonderful photo!


    Comment by Roberta — September 19, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    • She is a wonderful hiking companion and a very good photographer too!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

  4. Nice place to watch the world go by.



    Comment by knightofswords — September 19, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

  5. That must have been some day! I will bet that photo goes down in family history.


    Comment by sandy — September 19, 2011 @ 2:15 pm

    • Yes, and I hope we can have trips like that in many of the summers to come!


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

  6. I never tire of your beautiful mountain-top views.


    Comment by thedailyclick — September 19, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

    • I love those views too. That’s amazing wild country out there. I wish more folks could enjoy and understand it.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  7. Love this photo!


    Comment by kateri — September 19, 2011 @ 7:36 pm

  8. That looks spectacular! What a day!


    Comment by Tammy — September 19, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    • We were fortunate that the smoke was not too bad that day. I always try to make hikes like that when the sky is either very clear or stormy.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  9. Beautiful portrait!


    Comment by kcjewel — September 19, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  10. The sky doesn’t get any bluer than that!


    Comment by Wild_Bill — September 20, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    • I want to go there in a few more weeks if possible, when the valleys are full of low clouds. I can just imagine how that will look1


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

  11. Awesome shot with such a view. Your daughter stood in a magnificent place.


    Comment by Anna — September 21, 2011 @ 9:11 am

    • Standing there and looking around is a magnificent feeling. I highly recommend it!


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2011 @ 10:31 pm

  12. Beautiful! Any hiking plans for autumn?


    Comment by columbiahighlands — September 21, 2011 @ 11:40 am

    • I wish I did. I have a couple of places I want to visit but I’m bogged down at the moment by a couple projects that have to be completed by winter.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

  13. Looks like she’s on top of the world. What a wonderous place!


    Comment by farmhouse stories — September 21, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    • That’s the kind of feeling you get there. That peak is pretty special because from that one spot you have a 360° view.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

  14. It looks like you had such a fun time in such beautiful country.


    Comment by Candace — September 21, 2011 @ 7:08 pm

    • We did have a great time, and those hikes were very special to me.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  15. what fun you both must have had! maybe one day we will get back to montana when it’s not winter time.


    Comment by silken — September 21, 2011 @ 8:42 pm

    • I hope you do, Stacey. After the snow is gone but before fire season!


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

  16. That has to give her a great feeling. Beautiful photo of a beautiful person in a beautiful country.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 22, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

    • Thanks Scott! Yes, that’s a great feeling. There’s nothing I can think of like it.


      Comment by montucky — September 22, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

  17. Wonderful photo! Is the rock slate? If so, it does not exist in some places and is used in gardens. Last time I have seen it in Norway.


    Comment by sartenada — September 23, 2011 @ 3:58 am

    • I’m not quite sure what the rock is, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t slate. There is some granite around there, but a mixture of other types too.


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

  18. WOW! What an incredible view. Breathtaking!!!


    Comment by Marcie — September 23, 2011 @ 5:36 am

    • Yes, it’s a view to remember. I visited there two years ago and this time I was surprised that I remembered most every detail. It’s that kind of place.


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

  19. There’s a lot to look at, too… what a view =)

    happy weekend, Montucky


    Comment by Tricia — September 23, 2011 @ 7:18 am

    • Thanks Tricia. From there I can see many other peaks that I have visited and I even have a photo I was able to get of a lookout cabin about 10 miles away.


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

  20. Unless my eyes are much worse than I thought, that’s a cairn your daughter’s standing behind. I suspect she built it – yes? If she did, I might ask your permission one day to use the photo in a post. I’ve been mulling over one for a year or more, called “Two Stones a Cairn Don’t Make”. This photo made me get out the draft and look at it again. It might be time to work on it.


    Comment by shoreacres — September 24, 2011 @ 11:15 am

    • Yes, it’s a cairn. It has been there some time I’d guess. Folks often do that on the peaks and also to mark places along the trails sometimes. Yes, please do use it if you wish!


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2011 @ 8:09 pm

  21. Awesome shot Terry what a spectacular view and the model is great as well !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — September 27, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

    • Thanks Bernie. That’s a scene from her vacation here that I much cherish.


      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2011 @ 8:10 pm

  22. Beautiful – I can get a sense of being there, a sense of space and presence.


    Comment by Val — October 3, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    • I wish I had an easier way of getting to that trail head, and I’d hike up to that peak at least once a week.


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

  23. Gorgeous shot, gorgeous girl.


    Comment by Patia — October 9, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    • Thanks Patia! That’s my little girl, all grown up now. How time has flown!


      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2011 @ 11:58 pm

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