Montana Outdoors

February 18, 2013

Not quite spring yet in the high country…

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:15 pm

Baldy Mountain in February

Baldy Mountain in February

Baldy Mountain in February


  1. Oh, lordy, these are gorgeous. I was just thinking how much I’d love to see new photos from you and here there are… answered prayer? :)

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — February 18, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    • Thanks Teresa. Yes, the mountain was beautiful today. I wish so much that I could be up there, something impossible in winter, but today this was as close as I could get.

      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

  2. Clean, fresh, and beautiful!

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 18, 2013 @ 10:35 pm

    • It is all of that Anneli. That mountain is in a roadless area and this time of year as wild and natural as it gets.

      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

  3. You finally got a little snow!

    Comment by knightofswords — February 18, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

    • We had just a dusting last night here, but the mountains got a little more. Statistically, the high country snowpack in this region is about 90% of normal. I was on the snow about three thousand feet below that peak today and the snow there had a pretty solid ice crust on it.

      Comment by montucky — February 18, 2013 @ 11:49 pm

  4. Wow, I think Scotland is spectacular and then I see the scale of Montana. Just awe-inspiring!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — February 19, 2013 @ 2:41 am

    • The name “Montana” comes from the Spanish “MontaƱa”, meaning “mountainous country”. I think it is well named.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

  5. WOW…what picture-postcard beauty!! Such stunning winter landscapes!!!

    Comment by Marcie — February 19, 2013 @ 3:19 am

    • It’s easy to fall in love with this country.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  6. It looks like it will be a while before you see bare ground!

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — February 19, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    • It will be at the top. THere will be snow banks just over that high ridge until into August.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:00 pm


    Comment by Debby — February 19, 2013 @ 7:58 am

  8. Not quite spring here either.

    Comment by roberta — February 19, 2013 @ 7:58 am

    • It will be awhile yet in some areas, won’t it!

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

  9. I like the difference in the trees. Those that are snow-covered, and those that are not. It’s a very distinct line.

    Comment by jomegat — February 19, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    • Yes, that line would be just about at the 6,500 foot level.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

  10. Oh Lordy, what a view! I wanna ski down that mountainside! =)

    Comment by Tricia — February 19, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    • Be careful what you wish for, Tricia. The avalanche danger would be very high now in that area and those open slopes are much steeper than they appear. I have the same feeling though!

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  11. Oh my gosh, yes – that is quite an icing you got on those peaks.

    Comment by C.C. — February 19, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    • I should be able to climb up there again by mid to late June and there will be 20 foot deep snowbanks on the lee side of the top.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  12. Great, wide open photo, looks like the skiing would be superb!

    Comment by WildBill — February 19, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    • Yes, it looks like it from the photo, but the mountain is not ski-able. The top 1,600 feet can be accessed only on a 2 1/2 mile trail with no motorized vehicles allowed and there would be no access at the bottom either. Even in summer it is one heck of a tough hike out of there.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:12 pm

  13. That is just snow coated goodness. I hope the winter hangs on for a bit longer so that we get the moisture.

    Comment by Tammy — February 19, 2013 @ 5:45 pm

    • I hope it hangs on longer too. We are now at about 90% of normal snowpack in this region and we still need some heavy snow. A foot or so more is expected up there on Friday and that will help a bit.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

  14. Breathtaking! Does it make you want to take a run down that slope?

    Comment by kcjewel — February 19, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

    • From the angle of the photo it does, but perhaps not if it could be viewed from the top. I suspect it would end in an avalanche. The steepness and ruggedness is why it’s still a roadless area. I would just love to be able to hike the trail to the top, but in winter that is beyond my level of endurance and I suspect not very safe.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:16 pm

  15. Absolutely stunning! Love those tiny white trees away in the distance.

    Comment by kateri — February 19, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    • The tiny ones at the top are stunted from the weather conditions and climate up there. Most are no more than about 20 feet tall. Here is a post from September of 2008 showing close-ups of some of those trees with a coating of hoar frost.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:28 pm

  16. That is truly awesome! It looks as though you must be flying to get these shots.

    Comment by Candace — February 19, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

    • They were taken from several miles away (as close as I could get with the Jeep) using a 70-300mm lens. I would love to be able to get up there and photograph it this time of year, but I just can’t. The earliest I’ve ever been able to get to the top was mid-June.

      Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

      • It’s amazing that the shots are so clear from several miles away.

        Comment by Candace — February 19, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

        • Fortunately there is very little here to contaminate the air other than in fire season.

          Comment by montucky — February 19, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

  17. Looks like you found a great vantage point from your Jeep. Though I think no matter where you go there you are!

    Comment by twoscamps — February 20, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    • This is a nerve-wracking time of year. At the low elevations everything looks hikeable, but not much higher you run into ice and snow.

      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  18. Oh so beautiful. Not quite spring here yet either…a dusting of snow last night. But spring will arrive soon enough.

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — February 20, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    • We’ve had a dusting of snow the last several nights too. Supposed to get a foot of snow in the mountains Friday with up to 4 inches in the valleys. I sure hope so!

      Comment by montucky — February 20, 2013 @ 9:38 pm

  19. That 90% snowpack is worrisome. It looks like some of the midwest finally is going to get some significant snow this week, to help protect the land while it’s lying fallow. May your drifts pile up and up and up – they’ll only become more beautiful!

    Comment by shoreacres — February 21, 2013 @ 9:12 am

    • The latest forecast calls for some fairly good mountain snow in the next week here too, at least a foot, but we really need a lot more than that. Still, the high country can get a lot of snow in March too.

      Comment by montucky — February 21, 2013 @ 8:43 pm

  20. Awesome. Those are beautiful photos and I scrolled again and again from the first one to the last. Long shadows are also nice to watch.

    Comment by Sartenada — February 22, 2013 @ 12:25 am

    • The shadows are interesting, aren’t they. These photos were taken just before noon and so the long shadows were a result of the sun’s being so low in the southern sky this time of year.

      Comment by montucky — February 22, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  21. Oh wow ! These photos are really beautiful ! You seemed to have hiked pretty high on the mountain. These views and photos are amazing :)

    Comment by Inspired and pretty — February 22, 2013 @ 11:20 pm

  22. It’s as flat as a pancake where I live so it’s amazing to contemplate the vastness of your mountains. Awesome views!

    Comment by Finn Holding — February 23, 2013 @ 3:02 am

    • I was born here and have hiked extensively in these mountains and their vastness is still amazing to me.

      Comment by montucky — February 23, 2013 @ 9:59 pm

  23. really pretty. reminds me of our trip to bozeman skiing bridger bowl……

    Comment by skouba — February 28, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    • I think they have more snow there than we do, but our nearest ski area is still getting a lot of snow so it may be OK. Today’s report there was 130 inches at the top.

      Comment by montucky — February 28, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  24. Absolutely beautiful.
    Looks a little cold for me…but…Awesome!

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — March 2, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    • Cold it is, but that’s our summer’s water being stored up there, and a pretty place for it!

      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2013 @ 11:11 pm

  25. Fantastic scenery!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — March 2, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    • The top of that mountain is in a roadless area and has been untouched outside of a trail and, for awhile, a fire lookout.

      Comment by montucky — March 2, 2013 @ 11:13 pm

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