Montana Outdoors

August 26, 2012

Cataract

Filed under: Cataract roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 10:57 pm

Cataract

(Photo taken on 8-24-2012 from USFS trail 541 between Cougar Peak and Graves Peak in the Cataract roadless area)

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  1. So often I am speechless by your photos! This is another one of them..Wow!

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    Comment by Roberta — August 26, 2012 @ 11:46 pm

  2. What an amazing view!!

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    Comment by TheDailyClick — August 27, 2012 @ 3:49 am

  3. Wonderful composition in this shot. Showing how tough life is for trees at that altitude. The tailings, the green valley and river in the distance. All under the layers of clouds. Awesome.

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    Comment by Grampy — August 27, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    • The place from where the photo was taken has not seen the effects of development or exploitation. It is an awesome place to visit.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:32 pm

  4. Oh my goodness, what a treasure.

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    Comment by Homestead Ramblings — August 27, 2012 @ 5:41 am

    • I am very lucky to live here where views like this can be seen with only a little extra effort.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

  5. That ribbon of river adds a whole new dimension to your beautiful views. Fabulous photo. Stunning view.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 27, 2012 @ 5:48 am

    • The Clark Fork of the Columbia river was one of the things I was concerned about when I moved back to Montana. I was so happy and relieved to see that it had received only minor damage over the years. It is still clean and the fish are plentiful in it and there are still wild places in the high country above it.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

  6. A breathtaking view!

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    Comment by Debby — August 27, 2012 @ 6:10 am

    • The river valley is about 4300 feet below the trail from which the photo was taken. The mountain gives a good perspective of that part of the country.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

  7. As always, you’ve captured all the elements beautifully! It’s so difficult to convey that depth well — and this is such a gorgeous scene. WOW.

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    Comment by FeyGirl — August 27, 2012 @ 6:33 am

    • Hiking here in the high country is always pleasant, but coming into a window like this one is something I cherish.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

  8. Reminds me a teeny lil bit of the view from Skyline Drive in Van Buren just west of here, altho, the mountains in your image are much, much taller! LoL! =)

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    Comment by Tricia — August 27, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    • The tall mountains that border the river valley provide some great views and there are quite a few places where you can access the high ground on foot or horseback..

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  9. I can’t help thinking of the pioneers looking out over a view like this, knowing they had to cross it. And not only cross it but time it just right so they didn’t get buried under snowfall. They were a tough bunch!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — August 27, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    • I have thought of that many times. They were both tough and courageous. Sights like this one must have been daunting to say the least, although the river valley was pretty good access.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

  10. It would be a shame to visit Montana without a camera!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    • It would be! I frequently see people stopped along the highways to take pictures.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

  11. Amazing view — I am so envious of you!

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    Comment by allbymyself09 — August 27, 2012 @ 10:45 am

    • I was fortunate to be born here and am now very lucky to be able to live here again. I never take this for granted.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 8:48 pm

  12. What’s the nearest town or highway to this area, Montucky? I haven’t heard of Cataract roadless area, but this photo reminds me of Missoula area.

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    Comment by Kim — August 27, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

    • Cataract is a small roadless area of about 9400 acres about 10 miles or so due north of Thompson Falls. Cougar Peak is at the southern edge of it and just to the north of that is Graves Peak, then Vermillion Peak. I didn’t realize it before, but Cataract also extends for another 25,000 acres into the Kootenai Forest too. Hopefully my next excursion will be there, hiking from Vermillion peak, past Slide Rock Mountain over to Seven Point Mountain. That will be a longer one and I will have to do it before the weather turns too cold.

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      Comment by montucky — August 27, 2012 @ 9:59 pm

      • There are so many redundant place names in Montana, it’s very confusing. E.g. there is a Graves Creek up Lolo Pass Road (Hwy 12), and a Slide Rock Mountain between Beavertail Hill State Park and Philipsburg (the lookout at Fort Missoula came from Slide Rock Mountain).

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        Comment by Kim — August 28, 2012 @ 11:00 am

        • There are redundant names in Montana and also throughout the northwest. There are even several in this area that have the same names and are quite close to each other. I’ve seen folks confused by that many times.

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

  13. The “opening of the west” obviously was a little more difficult than we imagine today. Can you imagine bringing those early explorers back and introducing them to the wonder of the interstate system? I suspect they’d be a little ambivalent about the whole thing – or at least some would. Ease of travel = good. Necessary changes to the land to produce those roads = necessary, but….

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    Comment by shoreacres — August 28, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    • The main “interstates” in those early days were the large rivers, but at times it was still necessary to cross over mountain passes, which also required some help from the seasons and even the weather. Most of the places I visit in the summer are not approachable during the winter. There are also those unexpected storms that are difficult enough to contend with today, but think of back in the days when the equipment wasn’t nearly as good as what we now have.

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  14. Terry, this photo and those of the post before it are extremely clear and detailed. I feel like I am standing right next to you when you took them.

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    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — August 28, 2012 @ 9:45 am

    • Thanks Scott. I think you would have a great time with your camera on some of these trips! There is no end to the opportunity!

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

  15. Hi Montucky, Thanks for that cool refreshing alpine virtual vacation to your neck of the woods (well, sort of anyway). Have a great Wednesday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 28, 2012 @ 2:39 pm

    • It was cool and refreshing up there that day wildlifewatcher! I’m trying to get in as many trips now as I can before the snow comes.

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

  16. Just beautiful!

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    Comment by kateri — August 28, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

  17. Great view, but with those clouds, I’d be hoping I remembered to bring a rain poncho.

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    Comment by knightofswords — August 28, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    • I always have a good poncho strapped to my pack, Malcolm, both for rain and as a windbreaker.

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  18. Wow…how incredibly beautiful, Terry….

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    Comment by seekraz — August 28, 2012 @ 9:26 pm

    • It’s nice to get a look over the river valley, isn’t it. I will post more photos taken in that area in a few more days. Right now our valleys are full of smoke from some large fires on the eastern side of Idaho and also some coming down from fires in Canada. I plan to hike into a new area that should have some good views of the back country too as soon as the air clears a little.

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      Comment by montucky — August 28, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

      • Yes, it’s a gorgeous look over the river valley…amazing. I’ll look forward to those next photos after the smoke clears. We’ve just managed to get clear skies again after weeks of smoke from fires all around. We have beautiful clear views of the mountains again…so nice.

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        Comment by seekraz — August 28, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

        • I’m glad to hear that your skies at least are clearing up. One of the weather people on TV tonight said the smoke might not clear out of here until the season changes and extinguishes the fires. (They are huge ones!)

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          Comment by montucky — August 28, 2012 @ 10:09 pm

          • Yes, I had almost forgotten what the mountains looked like without the haze. That’s horrible about the fires up there…to burn for so long…again, I know it’s the way of things, but still….

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            Comment by seekraz — August 28, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

  19. Absolutely beautiful vista and to see beyond to the river and the sky above!

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    Comment by Anna Surface — August 29, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

    • I’m always in awe when I come across a view like that, and I’ve seen so many.

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      Comment by montucky — August 29, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

  20. I’d give a lot for a view like that.

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    Comment by Ratty — August 29, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

    • I know. That’s a place to sit and savor the surroundings.

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      Comment by montucky — August 29, 2012 @ 9:51 pm

  21. Brilliant! My goodness it is beautiful where you live. Simply the best!

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    Comment by Wild_Bill — August 30, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    • Yes, there’s still some beautiful country here. Now if the exploiters will be forced to leave it alone!

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  22. I love Your photo. I stared at it for a long time trying to imagine me there. That’s the place just for me.

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    Comment by Sartenada — August 30, 2012 @ 10:39 pm

    • I spend a lot of time looking when I come across views like that. I have seen those mountains often and have hiked to many of them, so it’s a little bit like my back yard.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

  23. Just gorgeous!

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    Comment by Tammy — August 31, 2012 @ 5:09 am

    • It’s hard to keep from spending all of my time up there!

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

  24. Unreal that you can see so far and have a phenomenal view like that!

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    Comment by Candace — August 31, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    • I’m just happy that there are access trails up into the high country!

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

  25. BREATHTAKING!!!!!!!!!!

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — September 2, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

  26. Yes totally breathtaking, I am in awe of your photos and hiking abilities!

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    Comment by farmhouse stories — September 3, 2012 @ 6:52 pm

    • Thanks Cait. The beauty is out there and getting to it is a true pleasure.

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      Comment by montucky — September 3, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

  27. Wow, that’s spectacular!

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    Comment by Fergiemoto — September 11, 2012 @ 11:17 pm


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