Montana Outdoors

June 19, 2013

From trail 340…

Photographed on June 6, 2013 in the Baldy Mountain roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

In the Baldy Mountain roadless area

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  1. What a great sky in that first photo! Then I looked at the snags in the others and each of them has character. I especially like the (3rd) photo where the one snag is the highlight.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 19, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    • The first photo was early morning on the lower part of the trail. Those old trees at the top have a lot of years on them and I wish I could hear the stories they could tell!

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 9:35 pm

  2. You know, if we combined those old trees and the view with Mussorgsky’s “Night On Bald Mountain”, we could have the Montana version of “Fantasia”! Wonderful, evocative photos. And I do love that snowbank. It looks like the ocean with a light chop.

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 19, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

    • I wish he could have made a hike up there with me!

      Scenes like these are a large part of what draws me to these mountains. The feeling up there is indescribable.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  3. Gorgeous views. Is there a “path” on the left side in the second last photo? Melted snow in the third last photo is very artistic. Great photos presenting Your part of world Terry.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

    • Yes, in the next to last photo the trail can be seen on the left side. It is very steep. The trail to the top is 4,000 meters with 460 meters vertical climb.

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      Comment by montucky — June 19, 2013 @ 11:23 pm

  4. What a beautiful spot. I love the gnarled old trees and the broken up ledge that speak of so much time that has passed quietly there, without human “improvements.” The snowpack still looks kind of deep in one of these shots.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 20, 2013 @ 4:24 am

    • This is in a small roadless area, only 6,482 acres that has been protected mostly because of the ruggedness of the top of the peak. It is from 4000 to 5000 feet higher than the surrounding low land and therefore the views are always incredible. The snowpack is still pretty deep on the north side and down by the lake that sits below it.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 7:59 pm

  5. Wow! Absolutely stunning. What a vast and beautiful country.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 20, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    • These mountains are indeed vast. The state of Montana is 630 miles in length and about 255 miles wide, an area of over 147,000 square miles.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

  6. Such scenery!! Thanks for taking us along on your hike.

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 20, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    • I make that hike at least three times each summer, and never tire of seeing the views from the top.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  7. Beautiful on top of the world photos!

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    Comment by Roberta — June 20, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    • Thank you Roberta. It does seem like the top of the world up there.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

  8. I envy your majestic and amazing surroundings ! // Maria

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    Comment by mariayarri — June 20, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    • This is a beautiful part of the American west, Maria. Once you get used to these mountains, you can never leave them.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

  9. i have been catching up on all your recent posts
    they overflow with spring into summer wonder!

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    Comment by Tammie — June 20, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    • This has been a very pretty year so far. Now if we can avoid a very bad fire season it should be a beautiful summer!

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

  10. The snow looks like the surface of the moon.

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    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — June 20, 2013 @ 7:13 pm

    • I love the snow that lingers on into summer. It is so cooling if some of it is still there in late summer when it seems as though the valleys are in an oven.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

  11. Simply breathtaking…nuff said.

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    Comment by suzieq1 — June 20, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    • You know, I’ve been up there over a dozen times and it is always breathtaking for me too. There is a lot of beauty in our world.

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      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  12. What a great view. You were on the top of the world!

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    Comment by bearyweather — June 21, 2013 @ 7:03 am

    • It seems like that from there. There are several mountains like that in this area. Well worth the hike up in my opinion. I often think that if everyone in the little town near here would climb that mountain each year, the town would be entirely different.

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      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

  13. I’ve always liked the old tree skeletons like these in the higher elevations.

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    Comment by knightofswords — June 21, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    • I like them too. I wish I could see all of the fierce storms that they have endured. That would be awesome! I’ve seen only a few.

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      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

  14. Wow! I love the one with the diagonal slope of snow intersecting the clouds. Nice detail in the shadowed snow.

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    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2013 @ 6:36 pm

    • That one looks toward the north and shows the slope of the mountain.

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      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

  15. With this heat wave, the snow is refreshing, ahhhhhh! 🙂 Absolutely stunning captures, just breathtaking.

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    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 25, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

    • We are supposed to have temps in the high 90’s by the end of the coming week too. I just do not like those kind of temperatures any more.

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      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

  16. So pretty, Terry…this looks familiar to me…and somewhat like home, too. 🙂

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    Comment by seekraz — June 29, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

  17. I like some of the others love the “old trees”. I know you have said that you like them as subjects and they look so unique. What a special opportunity you not only have but “take” to view this on a regular basis. Still keeps me connected even though I am miles away. Thanks for sharing with us all!

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — June 30, 2013 @ 5:44 pm

    • Hi Ron! I’m glad you like seeing those old trees on Baldy. It is a place that I just keep wanting to visit and I’m lucky to be so close to it. Seeing the country from there really does provide a great perspective on the world in which we live. I’m surprised that so few actually take advantage of it, although I know that there are many who would like to but are unable to.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2013 @ 6:36 pm


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