Montana Outdoors

June 9, 2012

The peaks of the Cherry Peak Roadless area

Filed under: Cherry Peak roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 8:50 pm

The peaks of the Cherry Peak roadless area

In the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana ~ June 7, 2012


  1. Anytime I hear anything that ends in “Roadless Area,” it makes my heart sing! Just Gorgeous. What a treat it must be, to be standing right where you were.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 9, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    • The Cherry peak roadless area consists of 59 square miles of roadless area that’s fairly remote as far as access goes. This photo was taken from the edge of it and it was about a two hour hike to get there. If I walk up the road in front of my house a couple of miles I can see some of the peaks in seven different roadless areas and in my mind that makes me blessed! I have been able to visit and photograph 14 roadless areas so far and I hope to visit a few more this summer.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

      • I would say you are definitely “blessed,” Montucky…what splendor…and it rather reminds me of my home. I’m not surrounded by the mountains and no-road areas like you are, but the vistas are similar. So pretty…beautiful…moving…almost transporting. Good for you! ๐Ÿ™‚


        Comment by seekraz — June 11, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

  2. Beautiful!


    Comment by kateri — June 9, 2012 @ 9:27 pm

  3. HOLY COW! LOOK AT THAT VIEW! Why is all that beauty confined to Montana? Why can’t some of it be here, in Missouri? We have our beauty, too, but nothing like that!!! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 9, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    • Well, a lot of northwestern Montana is vertical. This view cannot be seen from any of the roads. The photo was taken from a favorite viewing place that takes about two hours to hike up to. I try to get up there several times every year.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  4. Very nice view. Is that NEW snow, or leftovers from winter?


    Comment by Kim — June 9, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    • It’s both. The majority is still winter snowpack, but there is a little new snow too. Two nights before the day I took the photo several inches of new snow fell up there and there was still a little along the trail. I’ve been on those peaks and especially on the one to the far left, Penrose Peak, I know the snowbank on this side of the ridge is still well over twenty feet deep, and probably more like forty on the lee side. It will last until late August.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  5. It’s wonderful to know that such beautiful areas are accessible – “accessible” being a relative term, of course. We’re all awfully glad that you take the time to go and search them out – people can’t care about what they don’t know about!


    Comment by shoreacres — June 10, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    • My favorite thing in the world is just “being” in the wild country. This is one of the reasons why.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

  6. You’re making me homesick for the mountains. May have to head up there today although the views won’t be quite this spectacular they are pretty darned nice. So glad Montana has kept so much land protected.


    Comment by anniespickns — June 10, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    • I’ve visited the mountains in every place I’ve lived and have always loved them. The land like this is actually in the National Forests and whatever protection it has comes from the Federal regulations. Montana does a terrible job of protecting their forests and there is a very strong attitude in the state toward exploiting the wild areas for the almighty dollar through logging, mining, and thrill machine roads. The wild country will not last long in this kind of environment and the great watershed is in jeopardy as a result.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  7. Gorgeous! These peaks are still on my to-hike list. Someday….


    Comment by aarontheisen — June 10, 2012 @ 7:56 am

  8. Is that new snow! I can’t imagine living with those beautiful views.


    Comment by sandy — June 10, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    • There’s a little new snow up there, but most of what is visible is the snowpack from last winter, still deep just off the ridges.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

  9. Stunningly beautiful!! Wish I was there!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — June 10, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    • I was lucky and happened to go up there on a day with a period of clear sky. Some times those peaks are hidden by clouds.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  10. I love the newness of western mountains. (geologically speaking) They certainly out do our old eroded ones, but at least we have them-some states don’t.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 10, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    • I love these mountains too. They are scenic, and their ruggedness is possibly their only defense against exploitation and the destruction that it causes. The foothills have been badly damaged already.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 1:32 pm

  11. The blue sky is incredible. It’s easy to imagine feeling the cool mountain air and smelling the scent of pines from this photo.


    Comment by Candace — June 10, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

    • I bet that cool air would have felt good to you right about now! Even with the exertion of the hike a jacket felt good.


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  12. WOW your landscapes just jump off the screen!!! Super!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — June 11, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    • Thanks David. I think the clear air in the higher elevations really helps the photographer. This was taken at about 6,000 feet and the air was very clear.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

  13. Oh My God…I am speechless… It’s breathtaking ! Soooo beautiful !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — June 11, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    • Yes, the mountains here can be beautiful, especially when you are right up in them.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:39 pm

  14. Spectacular! Really, Montucky, this looks like it should be on a wilderness calendar! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 11, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    • The mountains is the wild country are always beautiful. It’s always worth the effort to get up there and see them. This is also excellent black bear country and has lots of other wildlife too.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:43 pm

  15. Now THAT is a view!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — June 11, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    • It is. The views from the tops of those peaks are spectacular as well, but it will be late July before you can get up there with a reasonable effort.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2012 @ 11:45 pm

  16. Spectacular – makes me want to get up into those mountains!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 12, 2012 @ 12:07 am

  17. Sigh, so beautiful. At how high those peaks are, because there is snow? The name Coeur dโ€™Alene is French meaning “Heart of Alene”. Beautiful name.


    Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2012 @ 11:06 pm

    • The peaks are at about 7,400 feet, nearly a mile above the valley.


      Comment by montucky — June 15, 2012 @ 12:40 am

  18. That’s a lovely view Terry, the colour of the sky is vibrant and you’ve captured all the detail of the valleys and trees. Great shot.


    Comment by Finn Holding — June 16, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    • It’s friendly for photography up there because the air is so pure.


      Comment by montucky — June 16, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

  19. I love the scenery in this area! Just beautiful!


    Comment by Fergiemoto — June 20, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

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