Montana Outdoors

October 7, 2011

Hike a forest trail with me on a rainy day (2)

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

(It was a long trail.)

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  1. Hi Montucky, Beautifully inviting forest trail. Great pictures! Have an excellent day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 7, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  2. I’m glad I’m warm and dry inside, but getting to look at these lovely images from YOUR hike in the rain. (I’m a fair-weather friend of the out-of-doors, I’m afraid.)

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    Comment by Kim — October 7, 2011 @ 9:04 pm

    • I love being out in the weather; always have. Storms give an insight into nature that’s always interesting and often awesome. It’s good to be prepared, and voluntarily going out in inclement weather gives an opportunity to check my gear when my life, perhaps, doesn’t depend on it.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

  3. i see no bear stumps… =o)

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    Comment by Sandy — October 7, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    • I guess not in this series of photos. About ten years ago though I saw Grizzly sign just off that trail, and since then I take those bear stumps rather seriously.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  4. Kind of reminds me of a forest cathedral.

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — October 7, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  5. I can almost smell the trees and feel the mist. These are extraordinary! Thanks for a peek into your hike.

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — October 7, 2011 @ 11:03 pm

  6. That beautiful trail in the forest is almost other-worldly. There was a thunderstorm here last night. I love them and sleep better during them. The mist must feel very nice against your face.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 8, 2011 @ 4:57 am

    • I also love thunderstorms, but we had only a couple here all summer. Sure missed them!

      This part of the trail was at an elevation of 6,500 to 7,000 feet, still below the top of the mountain, but nearly a mile above the valley and in the clouds, a very special place on rainy or stormy days! The mist from the clouds provides some wonderful light and shades of colors.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 8:48 am

  7. I like pictures of rainy forests. Especially liked the scree mixed with vegetation. Shows the slow recovery of mountain landscapes.

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — October 8, 2011 @ 6:26 am

    • One of the beauties of that trail is that it begins well within the deep forest and as it climbs it passed through a transition zone then the trees disappear except for a few that are stunted, twisted and gnarled standing amid the rocks. There are always wonderful surprises there.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 8:52 am

  8. Terry:

    The trail looks familiar as does the mist and damp; did you reach the top and the new snow?

    Chad

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    Comment by Chad — October 8, 2011 @ 7:37 am

    • Hi Chad!

      I did not go all the way to the top because I realized that the snow didn’t materialize as forecast and the clouds were quite thick up there. I hit about 7,000 feet and turned around. Just enjoyed the visions along the forested part of the trail. I will return later when snow is more likely. You would have enjoyed it!

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 8:55 am

  9. I am enjoying this hike with you on a rainy day. The forest looks magnificent, majestic and colourful Splendid pictures. Thanks.

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    Comment by isathreadsoflife — October 8, 2011 @ 7:42 am

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Isa! That’s a nice forest, old-growth and so far at least protected in a roadless area. I have visited there for over 60 years now.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 8:57 am

  10. My gracious, what gorgeous scenes! I just love, love the 2nd and last photos. I could walk this path in wonder and delight soaking in Mother Nature. Wow!!!!

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    Comment by Anna — October 8, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    • That’s exactly what I did, Anna, one of my favorite things to do.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  11. Beautiful scenery! Makes me homesick for the mountains.

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    Comment by Barbara — October 8, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    • I know what you mean, Barbara. I’ve left the mountains in the past. I will never do it again.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:06 pm

  12. Beautiful.

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    Comment by thedailyclick — October 8, 2011 @ 11:10 am

  13. This really looks autumnal. I like what the other commenter said, a forest cathedral. It is.

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    Comment by Candace — October 8, 2011 @ 11:56 am

    • Autumn colors are beginning now. The reds are huckleberry bushes, one of the first to turn. I like the “cathedral” description too.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  14. I really like this post. The fog and golden colors make me want to hike that trail. You and me and Wild Bill ought to post a “hike the trail” one day with him in NE, you in MT and me down here in TX. Do it the same day and each of us reference the other. On the other hand, that’s too much planning. Bad idea. Maybe some day…. We got some rain down here today.

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    Comment by Jack — October 8, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    • I think that would be a great idea except, as you say, for the planning. It’s good to hear that you had some rain: I know that’s such a relief. We also had a long stretch of hot dry weather and it ended a few days ago with an inch of rain which, coupled with much cooler weather, has ended our fire season for this year. All of the plants are starting to look much better and our cool weather grasses have greened up.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  15. it looks magical! thanks for the virtual hike!

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    Comment by silken — October 8, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, Stacey. As much as I’m out in the forests, I never see it that way without a sense of awe. What a world we live in if we don’t foul it up!

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

  16. Looks like a magical forest with the mist. Very pretty!

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    Comment by kateri — October 8, 2011 @ 9:08 pm

    • Every chance I get I visit the high trails when the clouds are on them. There is always magic there!

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:18 pm

  17. What a life you have! These are beautiful images as they always are. Thanks for sharing the magic of the rain.

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    Comment by Tammy — October 8, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

    • I’m very fortunate to live where I do, Tammy. These areas, particularly the roadless ones that have not been altered by exploitation or development, are inspiring to say the least. They are examples of pure nature, at least as it occurs here in the northwest.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  18. It’s even beautiful there on a rainy dreary day… imagine that! LoL! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — October 9, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    • It was so wonderful to finally have a rainy day that I just couldn’t stay inside!

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2011 @ 12:00 am

  19. Very nice pictures!

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    Comment by Victoria (Sweden) — October 9, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  20. Rainy days are my favorite. I always love the misty muted colors..especially in the fall. Gorgeous images. Love the mist…

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    Comment by Marcie — October 9, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    • The forest colors are always best on rainy days. The mist is beautiful in the fall when the clouds descend from the mountain tops. I always carry an umbrella for the camera.

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2011 @ 12:01 am

  21. My favorite time of year. The colors in the photos are so beautiful, yet subtle. Thanks for taking us along on the trail. Wish I were there for the rainy hike.

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    Comment by SuzieQ — October 9, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

  22. My favorite time of year. The colors in the photos are so beautiful, yet subtle. Thanks for taking us along on the trail. Wish I were there for the rainy hike.

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    Comment by SuzieQ — October 9, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    • My wife likes fall the best of all the seasons too. This year it looks as though we will have a beautiful fall. There are a lot of cloudy, rainy days right now, but the fall colors really aren’t out yet. I wish you could see that place. It’s pretty special!

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2011 @ 12:04 am

  23. Hi Montucky, My favorite of the pictures is the one that is next to the last. I love the rocks (you likely did not like walking around or over them though). Have a super good day tomorrow and the rest of the coming week, too!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 9, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

    • That photo is where the transition from forest to rocky peak takes place. It’s a beautiful transition!

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2011 @ 12:06 am

  24. Stunning.

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    Comment by Patia — October 9, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

  25. I haven’t been here in a while (sorry) and in doing so I thought I might find some snow especially given the amount of snow that fell in CO this weekend. These last two picture series are definitely calendar worthy… absolutely beautiful and definitely more beautiful than snow!!

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    Comment by kcjewel — October 10, 2011 @ 9:50 am

    • We have been expecting snow here at the higher elevations, but it hasn’t come yet. I will be happy to see it, but there is still plenty of time. In the mean time I’m hoping for good fall colors. The larch havent even begun to turn gold yet.

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      Comment by montucky — October 11, 2011 @ 12:11 am

  26. Oh, these are just gorgeous, Terry.

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    Comment by Val — October 10, 2011 @ 2:12 pm

  27. Great photos. It’s a nice change to photograph nature when the sun isn’t shinning. It gives it an eerie feeling.

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    Comment by Maggie — October 11, 2011 @ 8:29 am

    • Yes, I like to photograph on rainy days too. The light is just wonderful then.

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      Comment by montucky — October 12, 2011 @ 11:53 am

  28. How I love going on a hike with you, Terry! What a beautiful series of photos. We leave soon for Argentina and Patagonia and I’ve started a blog! Stop by sometime. Maureen

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    Comment by Maureen — October 11, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    • Good to hear from you Maureen! that sounds like a great trip! I’ll look forward to photos as you tour! Thanks for letting me know about your new blog!

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      Comment by montucky — October 12, 2011 @ 11:55 am

  29. There’s nothing like fog or heavy overcast to bring out the saturation of the colors, is there?

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 11, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    • It certainly does wonders for color, although sometimes it gives me a problem with exposure. My camera doesn’t like high ISO’s and I seldom carry a tripod.

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      Comment by montucky — October 12, 2011 @ 11:54 am

  30. Who says you need sunshine and blue skies to take really great pictures?
    Fog, mist, rain and fall colors …. thanks for the beautiful wilderness walk.

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    Comment by bearyweather — October 13, 2011 @ 8:59 am

    • There is always beauty out there, isn’t there! Each mood of nature stands by itself.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2011 @ 9:09 pm

  31. The misty pictures, filled with what we call “missle” in the South (mist + drizzle) are very inviting. Rain brings out so many of the forest’s natural smells that the experience of hiking at such times increases one’s feelings of connectedness with the environment.

    Malcolm

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    Comment by knightofswords — October 13, 2011 @ 11:52 am

    • It sure does, Malcolm! And there is a feeling of comfort in the clouds that I don’t feel on a clear day.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

  32. What stunning scenery. Montana has much natural beauty!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — October 13, 2011 @ 4:13 pm

    • It does. There are over six million acres of roadless land here still, maintaining our forests and most importantly, our watershed… and the beauty of land in its natural state.

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      Comment by montucky — October 13, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  33. Thank You taking me with You to walk on these mighty sceneries. There were many splendid photos and in the beginning photos 1, 2 and 3 captured my eyes the soil with its vegetation. Very beautiful and interesting. Green and red seem to be nice combination.

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    Comment by sartenada — October 13, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    • Fall is a very pretty time of year in the high forests. There won’t be very many more opportunities to be up there this year.

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

  34. Oh my goodness! What absolutely gorgeous scenes! Both rugged and soft…. colorful, detailed and a bit of mystery as to where the trail leads in the fog. I could definitely hike there and feel nature. Outstanding shots!

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    Comment by Anna — October 14, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    • Thanks Anna. You do get a deep, comfortable feeling there in those kind of conditions, very close to nature.

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

  35. Great pics, thanx!

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    Comment by ecorover — October 14, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

  36. Your photos made me feel like I was on the hike with you. It such a good feeling to be one with nature and all the beauty that it offers.
    With your photos you show what others may not see. I love the mountains, and forest, it has so many secrets waiting to be photographed

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    Comment by Evangeline Art Photography — October 14, 2011 @ 8:43 pm

    • I’m glad that you had that feeling: it was what I wanted to happen when I posted so many photos of the trail. Yes, it’s a wonderful feeling to be in the natural world, particularly in these roadless places where the forest is as it has been for thousand of years. I try to show through my photos what it is like, but that’s just a hint of the real experience, isn’t it.

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2011 @ 9:01 pm

  37. Wow, these photos are so intensely there – I too felt like I was on the hike with you. Thank you for your wonderful photos!

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    Comment by Julie — October 14, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    • Julie, I’m glad you caught some of the feeling of being there!

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      Comment by montucky — October 14, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

  38. OMG – you have snow!?!?!?! So absolutely stunning in the fog and mist!

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    Comment by Marcie — October 15, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    • Yes, we’re getting a little snow above about 6,500 feet now. It will melt soon though, but there will be snow up there off and on until winter hits.

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      Comment by montucky — October 15, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

  39. I would LOVE to hike a forest trail in Montana… rain or sunshine… but you’d probably have to slow it down a bit, esp on that terrain! LoL! =)

    I hiked a brief lil trail yesterday back to a place called Welsh Spring & boy, oh boy, was it beautiful!

    Gorgeous captures

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    Comment by Tricia — October 17, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    • I’ve found that there is always a very pleasant surprise to be found when hiking a mountain trail.

      You would love hiking one of these trails, and I also hike slowly; there’s really no hurry. Most of these are quite steep, and a big challenge is that many start at about 6,000 feet, which is a lot different that hiking at a low elevation. A month ago my daughter hiked several with me and she commented on that several times: we were about a mile higher than where she usually hikes.

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      Comment by montucky — October 17, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

  40. More lovely mystical images… it is definitely different for me to hike starting at 6,000 ft elevation as I discovered while in Red Lodge… being hung over from a bit too much red wine the night before probably didn’t help me any! 😉

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    Comment by Victoria — October 20, 2011 @ 11:02 am


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