Montana Outdoors

July 6, 2012

Morning at Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake

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  1. Gorgeous! We were just out exploring around the Cabinets on the 4th! Didn’t get to do near as much hiking as I’d hoped, we wound up tooling around in the jeep much more than we’d expected (it was super fun anyway). Can’t wait to get back over there soon!

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    Comment by Beth (@3UpAdventures) — July 6, 2012 @ 11:36 pm

    • Thanks for dropping by Beth! There are a lot of great places to visit in the Cabinets. Beautiful country!

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      Comment by montucky — July 6, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

  2. Where exactly is this Baldy Lake located please.

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    Comment by Frances Schenck — July 6, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

    • Hello, Francis! It is about 10 air miles just about due north of the town of Plains. Baldy mountain can be seen from Hwy 200 near Plains and the lake is just below the peak on the east side. There is a good but fairly aggressive Forest Service trail to it from the trail head near Corona Divide. To get to the trail head, take Forest Service road 1025 out of Plains toward Corona Divide, then turn onto USFS road 886 for about 3 miles to the trail head. The trail is 2 – 21/2 miles long but climbs 1,500 feet to the peak and then continues on down to the lake. The trail is suitable for foot traffic only.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 12:03 am

  3. One word: wow!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — July 7, 2012 @ 12:46 am

    • I hike up there several times each year and it’s always a little different depending on weather conditions. I have some photos taken there a few years ago on June 25 and it was covered with about two inches of new snow.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

  4. That’s beautiful! It looks like a lake you could have all to yourself, but also looks like it might be a little cold.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — July 7, 2012 @ 3:05 am

    • Occasionally someone will visit the lake and fish there but it’s very seldom. Quite a hike from the peak down to the lake and back up again after a climb of 1500 feet to get to the peak in the first place.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  5. One of my favortie places in your pictures

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — July 7, 2012 @ 5:36 am

    • Yes, it is a beautiful place. One of the more scenic around.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

  6. Alpine lakes, you just can’t beat them for beauty. It would be worth the effort to spend a day here.

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    Comment by anniespickns — July 7, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    • It’s always worth the effort as far as I’m concerned. I really wish more folks could go there.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

  7. What a beautiful view. The sky and light look like this might have been taken on the same day as your previous photo – and look at all that snow! I still remember a childhood vacation when I got to make snowballs at the side of some Colorado pass in the middle of July. I don’t think I quit talking about that for a year.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 7, 2012 @ 6:52 am

    • Now that I think of it – I’m still talking about those snowballs, 50 years later!

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      Comment by shoreacres — July 7, 2012 @ 6:52 am

      • There’s plenty of snow for snowballs up there right now! Actually, some of the snow banks are frozen so hard that I was barely able to kick toe-holds in them so I could climb over.

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        Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    • Yes, the two photos were taken less than an hour apart on July 5th. They are two of over 50 that I brought back. I will do a post soon with more photos from the trail on the way up, hopefully to give a feel for what the hike is like.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  8. Montucky,
    With this photo this morning, it dawns on me that you are there, and out and about in the high country on such a regular basis! Tis a great service you are doing, providing these crystalline views of your hauntings. Thank you.

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    Comment by C.C. — July 7, 2012 @ 7:31 am

    • I get up there as often as I possibly can. I’m kind of stuck at the moment with a remodeling project, but when it’s finished I will be getting out a lot more before the snow comes again. I hope to use the years that I have left this way.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

  9. Great view. That lakes looks like a beautiful place to hike to. I bet it is crystal clear and clean … mostly undisturbed by human hands. Does anything live in such a cold lake?

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    Comment by bearyweather — July 7, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    • The lake is indeed pristine and it does have fish in it, although I’ve heard they are small ones. Only a few folks visit there every summer. And that’s another thing I love about the roadless areas. You very seldom see any trash at all up in them or any disturbance to the natural beauty.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  10. Terry:

    Is it my imagination, or is the high country snow melting out earlier than usual?

    Chad

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    Comment by Chad — July 7, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    • I think a lot of it is, and maybe because of all of the rain we’ve had. The snow banks on the lee sides of the ridges are still holding a lot of water though. They are as hard as rocks from the thaw/freeze cycles. I’d say the big one on the north side of Baldy is just about normal for this time of year, and there was still a snow bank over the trail just above the tree line, which is about the same as in past years.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

  11. Great picture. Make me sorry I have to take my heights vicariously.

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    Comment by badwalker — July 7, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    • We are so lucky here to have places like this available within a reasonable distance, and those old pack trails are just wonderful!

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

  12. You must be really high up! This is a wonderful shot. I will bet that is one cold lake.

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    Comment by sandy — July 7, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    • I spent the night of the 4th at the trail head at 5900 feet and it was in the 30’s in the morning. The top of the mountain is at 7,464 feet. The tallest peaks around are all at about the same elevation and so you can see a long ways from any of them.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  13. On top of the world!!! It’s such an exhilarating feeling and you have these vantage points in your backyard!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — July 7, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    • It sure is, and yet it’s surprising how few local people ever get up into those areas. Most are content to view them from the valley (and some simply cannot make the hikes), but in my opinion they are missing a lot.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  14. That’s an utterly spectacular view! I’d love to see the full 360 degrees.

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    Comment by Finn Holding — July 7, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    • I will put together another post about that area and I believe that I have photos facing just about every direction.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  15. oh what a beautiful morning!

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    Comment by skouba — July 7, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

    • It was a beautiful morning indeed. It started out very cold and it was great to see the sun starting to reach out over the world to the west.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  16. Ah, cooling photo. So beautiful.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — July 7, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    • It was cool up there. I wanted to get a very early start, which I did and the temperature at the trail head at about 5:30 was in the 30’s, comfortable. But a half mile up there was a biting wind and it would have been very cold but for the warmth caused by the exertion of the climb. Even at the top at about 8:00 the sun felt good.

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  17. Yikes! I could use a little bit of that snow though! 🙂

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    Comment by kcjewel — July 7, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    • I wish I could send you one of those snow banks! I’m sure it would be a big hit there about now!

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      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  18. Glorious, absolutely glorious!!! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — July 8, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    • It’s a beautiful place, Tricia. I’m thankful for the roadless areas!

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

  19. What a gorgeous..majestic scene. The view is amazing!

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    Comment by Marcie — July 8, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    • It’s a wonderful experience to be up high in these mountains where you can really get to see the lay of the land.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

  20. Stunning!

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    Comment by Roberta — July 8, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

  21. Stunning Terry! Composition is fabulous, too! Hope you and your wife are having a very good and happy summer!

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    Comment by Stacey Dawn — July 8, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

    • Thanks Stacey. It is a very busy summer for us, but so far a good one. I hope you are having a great summer too!

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

  22. Every morning would be a “Good Morning!” to behold that beautiful sight!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 8, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    • Yes, I wish I could see something like that every morning!

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  23. Your landscapes are so perfectly focused and have the feel of a panorama shot, though the ratio seems to be of a normal size image. How do you do it?

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    Comment by Kim — July 8, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

    • My photos are all pretty normal. I don’t have the capability for panorama shots (wish I did). I just try to capture what I see.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

  24. you have been sharing some gorgeous vistas… NW beauty!

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    Comment by Tammie — July 8, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    • There are lots of beautiful scenes in our roadless areas and it’s wonderful to be able to get up into them this time of year.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

  25. Doesn’t really need any words, does it, Montucky?

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    Comment by seekraz — July 9, 2012 @ 6:49 am

    • I don’t think so. There’s no way to embellish that kind of scene just to capture it accurately.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

      • It’s almost heart-stopping all by itself…why muddle it up with words?

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        Comment by seekraz — July 9, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

  26. Now that’s what I am looking for..love it Terry !!

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    Comment by Bernie Kasper — July 9, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

  27. Deep blue sky, deep blue water~what a sight to look down upon! Beautiful.

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    Comment by Candace — July 9, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    • It is, Candace. When I visit there I always bring back a dozen or so photos of the lake.

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      Comment by montucky — July 9, 2012 @ 9:45 pm

  28. Wow! What a sweeping beautiful perspective and view. Love the richness and depth. Wow again!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — July 10, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    • I go up there several times each summer and have my lunch looking out over that lake. It’s a wonderful spot!

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2012 @ 11:10 pm

  29. Yes Yes to the question you asked on my Barn Charm post… It absolutely would!!! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — July 10, 2012 @ 11:06 am

  30. Serene and cool. Just the way I like my mountains.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 10, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

  31. Hi Montucky, I sure can see why it has the name! Excellent shot! By the way, big rainstorm this morning and so far, afternoon, here in Cumberland County, TN. Hooray! Have a great day tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 10, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    • I’m glad you are getting rain! Summer rains are wonderful!

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  32. What a great view. I can feel the fresh air in this photo.

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — July 10, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    • It was nice that day. Even though the summer is heating up, it was in the thirties up there when I started up the trail.

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      Comment by montucky — July 10, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  33. Montana is gorgeous!

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    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 14, 2012 @ 8:18 pm

    • Well, parts of it are anyway. Of course, being native to the northwest part, I favor it.

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      Comment by montucky — July 14, 2012 @ 9:50 pm


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