Montana Outdoors

August 7, 2012

Pear Lake ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (8)

Pear Lake

Pear Lake

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August 6, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (7)

Filed under: Evans Gulch roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:25 pm

There is another lake a mile beyond Upper Blossom Lake. I thought it would be interesting to show some of the trail to it as it climbs up and over a ridge which, at 6,500 feet, goes through a few remaining snowbanks before it drops down to Pear Lake.

Pear Lake trail

Pear Lake trail

Pear Lake trail

Pear Lake trail

Pear Lake trail

Pear Lake trail

Pear Lake trail

August 5, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (6)

Filed under: Evans Gulch roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:13 pm

Above Blossom Lake, up the trail nearly a mile, is Upper Blossom Lake. It is a smaller but quite similar lake at a bit higher elevation and it even had a small snow bank at the far side. The foliage up there is lush and beautiful and it gets far fewer visitors.

Upper Blossom Lake

Trail to Upper Blossom Lake

Trail to Upper Blossom Lake

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Upper Blossom Lake

Upper Blossom Lake

Upper Blossom Lake

August 4, 2012

Pear Lake, Blossom Lakes ~ Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area (5)

Filed under: Evans Gulch roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 11:17 pm

In northwest Montana, tucked in right next to the Idaho border, there is a small roadless area of only 8,059 acres called the Evan’s Gulch Roadless Area and in the northwest part of it there are three lakes fairly close together and connected by one trail; Blossom Lake, Upper Blossom Lake and Pear Lake (which, by the way, is shaped exactly like a pear).

The trail head for these lakes is located at Thompson Pass which is right on the Montana – Idaho border on Highway 471 (also called Forest Road 7 by the Forest Service) about 20 miles west of the small town of Thompson Falls. Thompson Falls is 100 miles northwest of Missoula on State Highway 200.

Of the three, Blossom Lake is the largest and the closest to the trail head. It gets quite a few visitors who are usually quite tired by the time they hike the approximately three miles to it (the trail has a lot of “up” to it) and so the other lakes farther up the trail get very few.

Following are a few photos of Blossom Lake taken on July 23, 2012.

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake

Blossom Lake

(A small stand of bear grass in bloom on the far slope just above the lake)

Blossom Lake

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

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