Montana Outdoors

July 15, 2012

Clouds over the divide

Filed under: Clouds, Reservation Divide Roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 10:45 pm

Clouds over the Divide

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July 14, 2012

Hiking the Baldy trail (3)

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 9:10 am

The last set of photos from the July 5th hike into the Baldy Mountain roadless area.

East

East

Northeast

Northeast

Baldy Lake

Lunch room

Lunch room

Due North

Due North

West

West

Back down the trail

Back down the trail

July 12, 2012

Hiking the Baldy trail (2)

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 10:01 pm

The next two posts consist of more photos from the Baldy Mountains roadless area. It’s a beautiful area and I hope it will not be destroyed by exploitation or by those who want to open it up for off-road ATV’s. (They call it “access”.)

Northeast from Baldy

Northwest

At the base of the old lookout

At the base of the old lookout

Along the trail

South from Baldy

South

Over the edge

North from Baldy

North

July 10, 2012

Hiking the Baldy trail (1)

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Hiking — Tags: — montucky @ 10:30 pm

In the 1930’s when the Forest Service created pack trails to the peaks upon which fire lookouts were built they often encountered places where it was just too darned steep to hike straight up. When the incline exceeded a pitch of 15 to 20%, switchbacks were built to make the trail a little easier for hikers and pack stock to negotiate.

The top mile or so of USFS trail 340 to the Baldy Mountain Lookout is like that and that mile of trail contains 13 switchbacks as it climbs from about 6,400 feet to 7,464 feet. These photos were taken as the sun came up along that section of trail last Thursday morning and I have added the time of the morning at which each was taken just for the heck of it. I thought someone might find them interesting.

From USFS trail 340

5:42 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:04 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:14 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:29 AM

<From USFS trail 340

6:30 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:34 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:38 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:42 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:43 AM

Remains of fire lookout

7:08 AM. This mound of rocks at the very top was the base upon which the lookout cabin was built in about 1934.

July 6, 2012

Morning at Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake

July 5, 2012

Southeast

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 9:28 pm

Southeast

Photo taken  July 5, 2012 from the Baldy Mountain roadless area facing toward the southeast.

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