Montana Outdoors

November 15, 2012

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

Filed under: Waterfall — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 4:31 pm

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake

This small waterfall on the Flathead Indian Reservation here in western Montana gets only a few visitors every year. It is on no maps, it has no name, there is not a sign anywhere advertising its existence and even the trail that leads up to it is unmarked. Yet it is not without its own quiet beauty.

Waterfall at Rainbow Lake


  1. Wonderful, takes us to this secret place showing us these beautiful photos. Maybe the waterfall have, or had, an indian name..?


    Comment by bentehaarstad — November 15, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    • I have contacted several departments at the tribal headquarters and have not found anyone who knows of a name for it. Perhaps they do not want to publicize it.


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 8:23 pm

  2. Maybe we should name it Terry Falls. In honor of one of its few visitors and best admirer!


    Comment by twoscamps — November 15, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    • I think its is best to leave it un-named and not draw more traffic to it. Rather sad to think that way, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 8:25 pm

  3. Oh, so lovely. Hidden treasures like this are the best.


    Comment by kateri — November 15, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

  4. Beautiful photo, Terry. The rocks have a lot of character.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 15, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    • It is part of a band of cliffs that covers several miles. I intended to hike up along the stream, but couldn’t find a comfortable way to do it because of the cliffs and the thick brush. Probably wouldn’t have been able to see much anyway.


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 8:29 pm

  5. What a peaceful place.


    Comment by jomegat — November 15, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    • I love places like that for that reason. You can think without distractions.


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 8:30 pm

  6. “It is on no maps, it has no name, there is not a sign anywhere advertising its existence…” And yet it is. That’s one of the most appealing aspects of nature, I think – she doesn’t care for fame and doesn’t depend on marketing. Such a beautiful place!


    Comment by shoreacres — November 15, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

    • It is much the same with wildflowers. They produce beautiful and perfect little blossoms never to be seen by anyone. It is comforting to me though to know that they are there.


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  7. What beauty, and your images are remarkable….


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 15, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

    • Thank you Teresa. It’s all in the scenes themselves. I’m happy with a photo only when it accurately shows what I saw: there is such incredible beauty in the wild country!


      Comment by montucky — November 15, 2012 @ 10:11 pm

  8. wow. that is a place I’d like to hike to.


    Comment by skouba — November 15, 2012 @ 9:05 pm

  9. Hi Terry, now I live in a temporary place of residence, and I have a slow modem connection which will disconnected frequently. Great photos!


    Comment by Sartenada — November 16, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    • I understand. We get used to higher speed connections, don’t we!


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  10. Hey Montucky, I know you’re not into blogging awards, but in my post today I nominated your blog for the Liebster Blog Award. I just wanted to share your beautiful blog with my readers. Blessings to you!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 16, 2012 @ 10:31 am

  11. Fantastic! What a beautiful hidden & secret treasure! I love the smokey water effect… I’ve tried doing it, but haven’t accomplished it, as of yet.

    I’ve started a new meme, so don’t forget to swing by Wednesdays around 6pm CST to link up for the new Watery Wednesday… and, of course, Mondays at the same time for Barn Charm! =)


    Comment by Tricia — November 16, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    • Thank you Tricia. The little waterfall is indeed a nice almost-secret. I do have mixed emotions about that, partly wishing others could enjoy it, but partly fearing what too much attention might do to it and its surroundings.


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2012 @ 10:18 pm

  12. Beautiful – so tranquil, and I love all the rich colours.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 16, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    • While I was there it was very cloudy which served to bring out the colors. Later in the winter nearly all of that will be covered with ice.


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, Very lovely waterfall. I sure enjoy seeing your scenery! Beautiful! Have an excellent Saturday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 16, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

    • Thank you! I’m very pleased that you enjoy seeing it!


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

  14. I have a sense of movement looking at these. Lovely.


    Comment by Val — November 16, 2012 @ 7:51 pm

    • Yes, the water does bring some life into the setting. And sound, too!


      Comment by montucky — November 16, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

  15. Just beautiful. It’s wonderful that you have these off the map places to visit.


    Comment by farmhouse stories — November 16, 2012 @ 11:08 pm

    • I’m grateful for that too, but I wish that by being “off the map” they were safe!


      Comment by montucky — November 17, 2012 @ 12:37 am

  16. It sounds like my kind of place, and is very beautiful.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 17, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    • It is certainly worth visiting at different times of the year. In spring when the water flow is high it is also very loud!


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 12:25 am

  17. Aw, just lovely! Like a secret space….


    Comment by FeyGirl — November 17, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    • Maybe not exactly secret, but at least little known. I have visited many times though and not encountered anyone else there.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 12:26 am

  18. Wonderful, Terry…like a hidden treasure…what a beautiful image…powerful rocks, fall colors, and living, moving water….


    Comment by seekraz — November 17, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    • The rocks are part of a layer of cliffs that extends for several miles. I may try a trip there on snow shoes if we get some deep snow in that area this winter.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 12:28 am

  19. It’s magnificent! I bet it gets quite a few animal visitors, though.


    Comment by Candace — November 17, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    • Well, not at the falls, but the stream above and below do get a lot of visitors. I know of a bear who frequented that area several years ago but I haven’t seen him recently, and I’ve seen moose a few miles away in the same drainage. Last year I did see cat tracks in the snow below the falls.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 12:30 am

  20. Wow, gorgeous waterfalls. Your photos are beautiful.


    Comment by Eileen — November 18, 2012 @ 4:01 am

  21. What angularity, what granularity, what rocky things askew,
    And with it all the soft amorphous water makes it through.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 18, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    • We thought that might make an interesting jigsaw puzzle.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

  22. I like these very much – well made.



    Comment by David A Lockwood — March 27, 2013 @ 10:05 am

    • Thanks David. It is a pretty waterfall and gets little traffic.


      Comment by montucky — March 27, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

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