Montana Outdoors

June 7, 2013

On the lee side…

Snowbank on Baldy

Deep snowbanks still remain June 7th on the lee side of Baldy Mountain at 7,400 feet in the Baldy Mountain roadless area.


  1. Niiice, very nice, oh so nice! =)


    Comment by Tricia — June 7, 2013 @ 9:54 pm

  2. Brrrr! It’s a good thing we’re not coming to Montana till October. Will the snow be melted by then, do you think? 😉


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 7, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    • Well, the snow has already melted except for the higher places. The valleys are all clear as are the highways. Areas like are still available though for anyone who wants to work to see them! Today was the first day that I have been able to get that high and I loved it!


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2013 @ 10:30 pm

  3. And yes, it’s a very beautiful photo!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 7, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

  4. It is gorgeous, but sadly the first signs that it will melt soon are starting to be evident.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — June 7, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

    • I just glanced through my photo library, and it is about where it is this time of the year in the past several years. I always try to hike up there before the snow all melts. Fortunately, the mountains in this locale received about their usual amount of snow last winter. The Bitterroots to the south of here received far less than normal.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

  5. Beautiful! I love the way when snow melts, it looks like waves on water. I’ve often wondered why that is!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 8, 2013 @ 1:24 am

    • I don’t know why that is either. It is a surface phenomenon though because it is the same at the edges of a snow bank where it is only a foot deep as it is in the center where it may be 15 feet deep.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  6. I’d love to be up there. I wonder how much longer the snow will last.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 8, 2013 @ 4:41 am

    • Typically, there will be small patches there until late July. I know you’d love to see that mountain top and the views in all directions.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:22 pm

  7. I still remember our family vacation to Colorado when I was in grade school. Somewhere – maybe around the Continental Divide – we found enough residual snow for me to make a snowball. I still have a pic of my dad and I there. It was part of a set I took to school for show and tell, since I didn’t have a way to get the snowball back home.


    Comment by shoreacres — June 8, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    • Perhaps because of the sharp contrasts of temperature and seasons, seeing snow in what one normally considers “summer” is quite memorable. It’s one of the very wonderful things about the mountains of the northwest. I also love the late snowfalls that happen in late June or even July. On June 23, 2007 I hiked up to just below where this photo was taken and there was about 2 inches of new snow. Three days later I returned and that was gone but when I got to the top there were still snow banks up there.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

  8. Meh. Too cold.


    Comment by roberta — June 8, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    • This time of year, not too bad, Roberta. Four months ago, Bitter cold!


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

  9. It looks inviting..


    Comment by Roberta — June 8, 2013 @ 3:25 pm

    • I found it so. The temperatures in Phoenix have already been over 110º.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, I don’t get to snowy areas much but that slope reminds me of a gigantic sand dune with those wind-moved small drift areas. Beautiful scene. Have an outstanding Sunday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 8, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

    • Yes they do look like sand dunes. I imagine at times during the winter when the snow is very cold and almost granular, the continual wind at the mountain top makes it swirl and drift randomly much as sand does.


      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

  11. the texture of the snow is quite gorgeous!!


    Comment by Tammie — June 8, 2013 @ 10:51 pm

    • All of the banks are that way now. They are also very dense and early in the morning it is no problem to walk on them.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2013 @ 7:58 pm

  12. YIKES!!


    Comment by kcjewel — June 9, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    • Long winter and short summer up there, Jewel! Surprisingly warm that day though.


      Comment by montucky — June 9, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

  13. I love places where there is such diversity in habitat — wintery snow vs, spring wildflowers, sonaoran desert vs. sky islands. I think the contrasts wake up to the nuances of the natural world.


    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — June 10, 2013 @ 5:52 am

    • I love that diversity too and it’s one reason why I like this particular location. 80 miles to the west of here is one of the wettest places in Montana and 20 miles to the north is one of the driest. The elevation of the Clark Fork Valley is just over 2,000 feet but the mountains on either side are over 7,000. There can be lots of surprises here!


      Comment by montucky — June 10, 2013 @ 7:12 am

  14. December in June, Christmas in July. You’re fortunate to be able to decide which season you want to experience on a given day.


    Comment by Candace — June 10, 2013 @ 10:57 pm

    • Well, almost. We can find greatly different conditions because of the mountains and the effects of altitude differences.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2013 @ 7:03 am

  15. That´s a beautiful photo ! I can almost take a breath of the fresh air, that i think you have. // Maria


    Comment by mariayarri — June 10, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

    • Yes, the air is still pure here except in late summer when there can be smoke from forest fires.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2013 @ 7:04 am

  16. That photo still says something severe about winter.


    Comment by Tammy — June 11, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    • Oh yes, it is severe at that altitude, but so beautiful in summer! I love those snow banks because they provide our water through the hot summer.


      Comment by montucky — June 11, 2013 @ 7:06 am

  17. Beautiful Terry, I saw someone else say it, I thought too, Christmas in June!


    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 13, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

    • That’s an interesting thought, because we nearly had Christmas this year without snow and yet there’s still plenty now 6 months later.


      Comment by montucky — June 13, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  18. Cool place and great photo. Did it take long time to reach this place?


    Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2013 @ 11:32 pm

    • The trail to the mountain top is about 4 km long and has a vertical elevation gain of 427 meters. It took me nearly two hours to reach the top.


      Comment by montucky — June 14, 2013 @ 10:29 pm

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