Montana Outdoors

August 3, 2012

Thompson Peaks

Filed under: McGregor - Thompson roadless area, Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 8:10 pm

Thompson Peaks

Photographed from the road to the Thompson Peak trail head in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains


  1. The names of the mountain ranges and peaks in your area just fascinate me. I just read a little about Cabinet Gorge, and all the alpine lakes – what a beautiful area. If I ever do make it to Calgary to visit a friend, I think it’s going to have to be via Montana!


    Comment by shoreacres — August 3, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    • There’s a lot of history in those names. but it’s hard to find. There’s also a lot of beautiful scenery in northwestern Montana and a lot of that is visible from the highways. The real treasure though is the untouched back country and the more remote areas where the world looks and acts like it did thousands of years ago.


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 10:03 pm

  2. I just love it. We’ll be traveling through in October and I can’t wait!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 3, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

    • I hope you enjoy it and that the weather will still be good for you. In the last half of October you should get to see the fall colors too!


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  3. Your photos make me feel as though I’m standing right there. What a beautiful place to be.Thank you.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 3, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

    • One of the things I love so much about these mountains is that every time you go out you know there will be something beautiful to see and more often than not, it’s not what you expected. I really didn’t expect to see frost on some of the plants near the peak this morning.


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

  4. Beautiful view… love the flowers, mountains, etc! =)


    Comment by Tricia — August 3, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    • There’s always something special in the back country, Tricia.


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 10:19 pm

  5. I might have to hike up a mountain tomorrow now thanks to you. 😉


    Comment by jomegat — August 3, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    • I wish you had access to some of these! Once, and you’d be hooked!


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

      • John Ordway, of the Lewis and Clark party was from NH, and he was well acquainted with the White Mountains here. But when he saw the mountains of Montana, he was stunned. I expect it would be no different for me.


        Comment by jomegat — August 4, 2012 @ 6:13 am

  6. Sky + Mountains + Trees + Flowers + Grasses… Perfection! I’m curious now, to look up “Cabinet Mountains.”


    Comment by FeyGirl — August 3, 2012 @ 9:06 pm

    • What’s really interesting about this particular area is that it is just about in the center of an area of 150 square miles that burned in a forest fire in 2007. There are always little islands of trees and vegetation that escape within the perimeter of a large fire and these islands lead the way to the recovery of the forest.


      Comment by montucky — August 3, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  7. The wildflowers in the west are incredible in July. Our trip to Yellowstone in 2010 will always be remembered as a colorful one. Great shot.


    Comment by Grampy — August 4, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    • Yes, and many of the later flowers are the larger ones too.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 3:54 pm

  8. Thanks for your beautiful photographs of a world I will likely never see in person… this one is perfect!


    Comment by kcjewel — August 4, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    • I’m glad that you enjoy seeing this part of the country. There are truly remarkable scenes out there. Not too far past where this photo was taken I had to remove a big tree from across the road and so I know there were no recent visitors there.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

  9. I am trying to remember the name of the purple flowers – fire something?


    Comment by Tammy — August 4, 2012 @ 8:49 am

    • Fireweed. When I visited this area several years ago, there were fairly large stand of it. This time it had spread and looks like a tall carpet under most areas of fire-killed trees. I will post more photos of it in a few days.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  10. Is that fireweed? Is it my imagine, or do you have the most wildflowers in the high land? The combination of green and blue is stunning in this shot.


    Comment by sandy — August 4, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    • Yes, that’s Fireweed. I think there are clearly more volume of flowers in the higher country in summer, but I don’t know if that also includes the number of different species. The high country has flowers that are unique to that climate and in late summer also harbors flowers that bloom in the valleys months before.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  11. Fantastic shot, Terry!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — August 4, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    • Thanks Barbara! Traveling through the back country, particularly this time of year, always yields some great scenes.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

  12. SO, SO, GORGEOUS!!


    Comment by zannyro — August 4, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    • Kind of hard to imagine that 5 years ago that scene was right in the middle of a 96,000 acre forest fire, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

      • WOW!! REALLY hard to believe!!


        Comment by zannyro — August 5, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

        • Even in the biggest fire, there are small sections that somehow escape. This was taken in a tiny one of those. The silvery trees to the right were killed and the gray/silver trees on the peak to the right were all burned. I will post photos later of some of the fire damage.


          Comment by montucky — August 5, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, I really like how the flower spikes line up marching up the hill visually with the trees. Very beautiful. I like the mood of the photo, too! Have a great day!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 4, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    • It’s a very positive scene, showing the country is getting a very good start at recovering from a big fire.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

  14. We have a Thompson Peak in North Scottsdale, not nearly as pretty, though. Is the sky really that blue?????


    Comment by Candace — August 4, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    • From those higher elevation areas, the sky is really that blue. The nearest town from there is about 50 air-miles and it has a population of about 20,000, so there is little air pollution.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

  15. Beautiful, Terry…and we have those same pink/purple flowers here…Fireweed, I think?


    Comment by seekraz — August 4, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    • Yes. This area is recovering from a large fire and there are huge amounts of it.


      Comment by montucky — August 4, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

  16. What a beautiful spot. And what a climb!


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — August 5, 2012 @ 6:59 am

    • The steep mountains here are wonderful, but one has to work to get up into them and with the deep snow they get in winter, access to them doesn’t come until late June or July. The price of beauty!


      Comment by montucky — August 5, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  17. Wow another beautiful shot of the land and sky that surrounds you!!!


    Comment by dhphotosite — August 5, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

  18. Gorgeous! Love those purple flowers & that blue, blue sky backdrop! =)


    Comment by Tricia — August 6, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    • That was taken just before sunset and the colors were very rich.


      Comment by montucky — August 6, 2012 @ 9:28 pm

  19. wildlifewatcher and I think alike. I also was struck by how the fireweed’s structure mimicked the tree structure in miniature.


    Comment by Kim — August 6, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    • I will post more photos of the fireweed in that area. In places it’s like a three foot tall carpet.


      Comment by montucky — August 6, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

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