Montana Outdoors

September 26, 2012

Trail 541

Filed under: Cataract roadless area, Hiking — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:56 pm

Trail 541

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  1. I could look at these mountain views all day!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 27, 2012 @ 12:51 am

    • Me too, and some days I’m lucky enough to do just that!

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:07 pm

  2. I smile ear-to-ear each time I see this beauty… So, THANKS. 🙂

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    Comment by FeyGirl — September 27, 2012 @ 6:14 am

  3. I am fixated on the tree on the left. It looks very Dr. Seuss-y!

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    Comment by Roberta — September 27, 2012 @ 6:54 am

  4. I like seeing what the wind does to trees and other plants on mountain tops. They usually grow much shorter than they normally would.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 27, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    • Baldy Mountain which is about 10 miles from where I live is a real study for that. The peak is at about 7400 feet and the top 800 to 100 feet is all rock after it leaves a very nice forest. There are trees on the very top and they are all stunted and very small for their species.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:13 pm

  5. You are really on top of the world! That looks like a well used trail. People or animals?

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    Comment by sandy — September 27, 2012 @ 3:10 pm

    • Mostly animals. It is surprising how much the wildlife uses these trails. I’d guess the wildlife to human usage ratio would be maybe 400 to 1 on some of these high trails.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:15 pm

  6. Hi Montucky, Spectacular vista. I also like how well-defined that trail is. Would make following it quite easy. Have a super good Friday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 27, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    • Yes, that part of the trail is well defined. A mile further back into the forest that all changes and it all but disappears in some places. One of the fun things about hiking these trails!

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

  7. I love how the river and the trail above undulate as though in unison. A spectacular view and that trail taunts me… .:)

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — September 27, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    • There is a smooth and pleasant flow to many things in nature. I often like to take off on a deer or elk trail and then just drift (and that’s usually when I encounter wildlife too). I keep pieces of trail like that in the “sticky” part of my memory, where they are right next to the surface. Hiking on them is a compulsion I hope I never lose!

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

  8. That would be a lovely place to pitch a tent.

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    Comment by jomegat — September 27, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    • It would indeed, at a time when there was no wind. I know of a spot very much like that on another peak where just slightly below the ridge top the is a shallow depression where a tent of bedroll can lie just out of the wind.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

  9. The tree on the left looks as though it’s saying, “They went that-away!” That trail looks like one of our deer trails, but with a number it must be for you.

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 27, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

    • It is pointing west toward the second piece of the Cataract roadless area, a very nice place to visit. The trail number is that of the Forest Service trail system. It was another old pack trail started around 1930. Now the animals use it hundreds if not thousands of times more than humans do. I have a deep love for deer trails and elk trails too by the way. Sheep trails, not so much.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

  10. In addition to Blue mountains, valley with river, I love that samlla path which has on both sides of green grass – beautiful.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 27, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    • I love the path too. I could follow a path like that for years!

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

  11. The straightness of the tree right of center intrigues me contrasted with the Dr. Seuss-y tree on the left.

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    Comment by Candace — September 27, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

    • There are lots of contrasts in an old-growth forest and they can be quite a study! In a fairly small area you can see the entire life and death story of the trees.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  12. Like Roberta and Candace, I’m fascinated by the way that tree curves in at the left edge.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — September 27, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    • I suspect the angle may have come from the wind over the years and the bend from the snow. Or maybe just from age; sometimes I feel like that old tree.

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      Comment by montucky — September 27, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  13. I think I will set my pack down right here and stay a spell !

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    Comment by dhphotosite — September 28, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    • A pretty good spot to do that! When I arrive at places like that I often regret that I don’t have my sleeping bag along!

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      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

  14. I have never been to Montana. Just Beautiful!

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    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — September 29, 2012 @ 2:14 am

    • Thank you for visiting, Mary! Yes, there is a lot of natural beauty in Montana. I hope that we will have the wisdom to preserve a large part of it for future generations.

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      Comment by montucky — September 29, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  15. It’s always hard to leave…not that I don’t want to go back to what’s waiting my return, I simply don’t want to leave…some people take offense at that…strangely….

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    Comment by seekraz — October 2, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    • Now that I live in western Montana where I started life and where home is still outside the city, returning from a trek is much easier. When I lived in Phoenix and had to travel hundreds of miles to get out into a wild forest, returning to the valley was a burden.

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      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

      • I’m sure that makes it easier…and given what I understand your station in life to be (retired?), it must be wonderful to have that time on your hands, to go when you wish…and essentially live out there. I don’t remember knowing that you had lived in Phoenix…was there for over 20 years myself…and didn’t make those hundreds-of-miles drives to go out into the wild. It’s such a pleasure to have the forests so close to me now…. I love the images of your home, Terry…wonderful that you can be there again.

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        Comment by seekraz — October 2, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

        • Yes, despite the vow of poverty that seems to go with it, retirement in a place like this is about as close to heaven as I can imagine on earth.

          I lived in Phoenix from about 1968 to 1993 except for a three year stay in Denver in the early 70’s. Lived in Phoenix itself for a couple years, then Tempe, then Chander and finally out in the east part of the valley in Queen Creek. Spent all available time above the rim north of Payson in summer and all over the desert in the winter. I still miss the desert very much.

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          Comment by montucky — October 2, 2012 @ 9:37 pm

          • I’m sure there is that adjustment-to-income issue that often comes with retirement…and it looks like it’s a worthwhile trade-off…in your Montana heaven.

            It looks like our time in Phoenix overlapped for about four years…I was there from 1989 to 2010…lived in Glendale and Peoria the entire time. My wife and I always seemed to work opposite schedules and had a houseful of kids, to boot, so didn’t do much traveling or participate in outdoor pursuits…. I never did enjoy the heat, didn’t escape to the mountains. I know there is beauty there…but so prefer the landscape of our current home. I will be down in the Tucson/Phoenix area this coming week…and will be looking to capture some of the desert beauty with my camera…which wasn’t a hobby/habit when I lived there….

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            Comment by seekraz — October 2, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  16. So this was before the snow, right?

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 4, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    • Yes. I wish I could have gotten up there right after the snow!

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      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2012 @ 8:31 pm


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