Montana Outdoors

January 1, 2013

Buffalo Bill Creek cliff icicles 2012 (1)

Filed under: ice art, Winter — Tags: — montucky @ 7:25 pm

There is a logging road that goes up through the canyon of a small stream called Buffalo Bill Creek. The first two miles are open to traffic and because there are homes in the area it is maintained year-long. Two miles past the maintained road the sides of the canyon are composed of steep cliffs about 500 feet high and on those to the west side a variety of icicles form every winter.

The hike up to the cliff area begins along a large meadow on a piece of private land after which it enters land owned by a timber company which allows hiking and hunting access.

Buffalo Bill Creek road

Nearly two miles up the road after a climb of around 900 feet the road levels out and enters the cliff area.

Buffalo Bill Creek road

I have never been able to get a good photo of the whole of the cliffs themselves because of the thick, heavy brush along the stream. The following two photos show a little of it.

Buffalo Bill Creek cliffs

Buffalo Bill Creek cliffs

Following are pictures of some of the icicle formations. I wish there were some way to show size perspective, but there isn’t. The longest ones I would guess are over 20 feet in length. I will do a second post with more photos of the icicle formations.

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

Buffalo Bill Creek icicles

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