Montana Outdoors

May 27, 2013

In the clouds

In the clouds

Baldy Mountain roadless area this morning at 7000 feet. The clouds covered the mountain top and six feet of snow covered the trail the rest of the way up. That and an icy wind kept me from going any further today.

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  1. I have always been a fan of trails in the clouds. Lovely photo.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — May 27, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    • I am too. I love the clouds although sometimes they make navigation dangerous.

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

  2. There’s something about a trail through the trees on a mountainside… That must have been a wonderful place to be this morning.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — May 27, 2013 @ 8:31 pm

    • It was wonderful. I spent the night at the trail head at 6000 feet and hiked to 7000 in the clouds.

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  3. I keep expecting to see a grizzly or a cougar behind one of those trees.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 27, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

    • I saw Griz sign there once about 6 years ago but not since. Their range in the Cabinets is about 20 miles further west although I suspect one might travel through this area every once in awhile. I have seen cougar tracks on Baldy in recent years and wolf tracks as well. Quite a few black bears in that area. A couple of weeks ago I encountered a hunter about 5 miles from this trail who had just taken one of the largest black bears I’ve even seen.

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

      • I’d love to go hiking up there if I could be in a protective bubble the whole time.

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        Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 27, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

        • I think at least part of the allure of the wild country is the potential to encounter unusual and possibly difficult situations, but those are really a part of the natural conditions. If nothing else, it makes one very humble considering it. I wouldn’t miss out on it for the world!

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          Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

  4. Trees, trails and mountains…Heaven on earth… (:

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    Comment by Roberta — May 27, 2013 @ 8:48 pm

    • Roadless areas like this one are treasures. They let us see what this country was like before “civilization” arrived.

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

  5. Is that lichen on the trees nearest us, or simply curling and peeling bark? It’s very attractive, and really adds to the “forest primeval” feel.

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 27, 2013 @ 9:10 pm

    • The two nearest trees are dead Lodgepole Pines and that’s peeling bark on the trunks. There are hair lichens though hanging from their branches and on most of the other trees in that area.

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

  6. It even looks cold!

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    Comment by kcjewel — May 27, 2013 @ 9:25 pm

    • This was taken lower on the trail. Up higher with a brisk wet wind blowing over the snow banks it was very cold!

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

  7. An icy wind would make me turn back. You did capture a certain feeling of wildness on that trail!

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    Comment by twoscamps — May 27, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

    • I will go up again on a clear day. With the low visibility I could not see much point in going further up where you want to see for 100 miles, not 100 feet. As with the other roadless areas here, it really is wild country. Old growth forest and very few visitors, but very beautiful.

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

  8. There is something just wonderful about those old tall pines, and the distance disappearing into mist. What an atmosphere. Lovely!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — May 27, 2013 @ 11:50 pm

    • The mist enhances the feel of the area, but it is always beautiful there.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

  9. What amazing scenery; it makes me itch to put on my boots and walk a bit. Thank you for sharing it.

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    Comment by Charles Bale — May 27, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    • The roadless areas are great places to walk and be alone with your thoughts.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

  10. I like the weather beaten trees. Anything growing at that altitude is tough.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — May 28, 2013 @ 4:15 am

    • Tough, yes. I find that reassuring. Many of those trees are very old and yet they happily survive.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

  11. I know that icy feeling, but it looks very good in a picture. A lovely one.

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    Comment by bentehaarstad — May 28, 2013 @ 4:25 am

    • The feel of ice in the wind is something I miss in summer.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

  12. It sounds like winter is still with you – or is it the altitude? We’re finally limping through spring into ‘summer’ in my part of the world. Lovely image of the forest.

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    Comment by Finn — May 28, 2013 @ 5:39 am

    • The altitude. And on the mountain tops, always a wind, and an escape.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

  13. I understand the desire to go further…and the frustration at not being able to…but what a beautiful place, Terry…I love what you captured in the image.

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    Comment by seekraz — May 28, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    • It won’t be long now Scott. The high trails will again be open!

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  14. WOW!

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    Comment by zannyro — May 28, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    • This is one area of many here in northwestern Montana that are still all natural.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

  15. What’s interesting in your area is that you have “climate by elevation”. A feature unique to tall peaks and deep valleys, and a feature that we should all appreciate.

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    Comment by WildBill — May 28, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    • Yes, it is an interesting phenomenon, one that I like very much. Several years ago in late June I climbed this mountain and spent the day in a new snowfall. Those in the valley had no idea it was there.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

  16. Hi Montucky, I sure appreciate your photographic efforts! Very beautiful and cooling on my very warm Florida afternoon. Have a great evening and a pleasant Wed. tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — May 28, 2013 @ 12:25 pm

    • What a difference there was in temperatures between there and here! Have a great Wednesday too!

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

  17. Wow…now that’s a wonderful place to be!

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    Comment by dhphotosite — May 28, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

    • It always is. I visit there often and wish others could too.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

  18. I like how the trees fade into the sky.

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    Comment by jomegat — May 28, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

    • When I first started to get above the trees that day the only clouds were high above and, although it was dark, the visibility was probably 50 miles. Then these clouds swept in and the same scenes changed, drawing a curtain just beyond the trees.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

  19. What a great shot. You’ve really captured the chill in the air and the low light so well, I feel as though I’m hiking the trail with you.

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    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — May 29, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    • I’m glad that you got that feeling Vicki! That is exactly what I strive for.

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      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  20. What a truly GORGEOUS scene… I just adore this. Wanna swap? 🙂

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    Comment by FeyGirl — May 29, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    • Actually, I couldn’t take the temperatures you have down there any more. My comfort zone now is in the mid 60’s or below. With wind chill that day it was probably 20 or in the high teens.

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      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      • This weather is…unique. But I was raised in the tropics, so these sub-tropic climes are probably more up my alley than your 20s and teens. WOW. But in all honesty, I would really love a more temperate climate. This can be a bit much at times.

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        Comment by FeyGirl — May 30, 2013 @ 8:26 am

        • I know what you mean. I lived in Arizona for 25 years and loved the desert but now I could not bear the heat.

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          Comment by montucky — May 30, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

  21. This is a fantastic photo! I just discovered your blog and i like it a lot, so i´ll come visit you again 🙂 // Maria

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    Comment by mariayarri — May 29, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

  22. Wow, hard to believe there’s that much snow. It’s 100 here.

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    Comment by Candace — May 29, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

    • Oh my! I just could not handle 100 degrees any more! Right now we are at 52 with a light rain and an occasional weak bolt of lightning.

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      Comment by montucky — May 29, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

  23. nice!!

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    Comment by skouba — May 30, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  24. Very beautiful in my eyes. Track invites to continue, but icy wind denies; I understand it completely. Lovely photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 30, 2013 @ 11:06 pm


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