Montana Outdoors

June 20, 2013

Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake sits off the southeast slope of the peak and about 600 feet below it. Photographed on June 6, 2013 in the Baldy Mountain roadless area in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.

Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake

Baldy Lake


  1. I don’t know why this is, but I love the name Cabinet Mountains… lovely photos.

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — June 20, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

    • The Cabinets got their name from some rock formations at their bases along the Clark Fork river which looked like boxes, of cabinets to some of the early explorers. Most of those formations are now under the water of the Cabinet Gorge Reservoir. I live near the southeastern end of the cabinets and spend a lot of time in them. Soon, now that most of the high country snow has melted, I plan to do some exploring in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness about 50 miles west of here. It will be new country for me.

      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

      • I had always assumed they were named for Jefferson’s cabinet as a whole. I know L&C named a lot of things after cabinet members, and thought they did this time too.

        Comment by jomegat — June 24, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

        • If I thought these mountains were named for a political function I think I’d move. I am not a fan of Lewis and Clark anyway nor of most of those who “discovered” this part of the country. Personally I think the Indians had the situation well in hand without their arrogance. It has only deteriorated since the advent of “civilization”.

          Comment by montucky — June 24, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

          • You might want to stay out of the Presidential Mountains in NH then! ;-)

            Comment by jomegat — June 25, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

            • I’d be fine if I didn’t know the names! I wish I could see NH, especially in the fall.

              Comment by montucky — June 25, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

  2. I bet a dip in Baldy Lake would freeze a person to the core in seconds. Beautiful lake though.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 20, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

    • Not a good place for a swim yet. It’s cold even in late summer. We are having a little weather front coming through here at the moment and it’s possible that the lake has gotten a little new snow the past few nights.

      Comment by montucky — June 20, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

  3. Oh my goodness, so beautiful! :)

    Comment by Jo Woolf — June 21, 2013 @ 3:35 am

    • I look forward, each spring, to being up there looking out over that lake.

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

  4. I think I remember that lake from photos you took last year, where the mountain seems to rise right up out of it with no shore line.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — June 21, 2013 @ 4:25 am

    • Yes, I visit there several times each summer.

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

  5. Love that beautiful blue in the ice. I’d never seen that until I got to Glacier Bay. It’s one of the purest, most beautiful colors in the world.

    Comment by shoreacres — June 21, 2013 @ 6:36 am

    • That is quite pure water, protected by its location and lack of roads.

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

  6. Is this typical to have so much snow at this time? I suppose this is like many mountain lakes and doesn’t melt until July?

    Comment by Sue — June 21, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    • Yes, this is quite typical. The elevation there is around 7,000 feet and at that level there is snow until late July on the north facing slopes. The lake is shielded from the sun by the ridge to the right of it in the photo.

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

  7. Ah … icy and snow. As much as I was complaining about that 2 months ago, it is still beautiful to see. Thanks for making what I can only imagine is a tough hike up. Do you know what makes the ice blue?

    Comment by bearyweather — June 21, 2013 @ 7:01 am

    • I have always wished that I could be up there in mid-winter but have never been able to. No, I don’t know why those several patches of ice are blue. I like the color though. The hike isn’t all that bad, but a dozen years ago it was much easier.

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

  8. Beautiful. Is this still showing snow and ice because its on the north side of the peak?

    Comment by anniespickns — June 21, 2013 @ 7:43 am

    • Yes, the peak and high ridges shade the lake for most of the day and besides that is on the lee side where the snow really piles up in winter.

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

  9. You know, I never, ever, ever get tired of looking at your photographs. Always beautiful and always intriguing. :-)

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — June 21, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    • I’m glad! Many of those places are real treasures, some of the last really natural wild places available here.

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

  10. wild and beautiful ~

    Comment by Tammie — June 21, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  11. Hi Montucky, Beautiful, refreshing, cool view of the lake and snow-covered slopes. Have a wonderful day and great coming weekend!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — June 21, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

    • I’m glad you like seeing the views, wildlifewatcher. Have a great weekend!

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

  12. Much needed cooling photos. I miss Montana!

    Comment by twoscamps — June 21, 2013 @ 3:43 pm

    • I know what is is like to miss Montana. I won’t let that happen again!

      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

  13. So pure and beautiful. Were those all taken from the same spot with your zoom or did you head down?

    Comment by Candace — June 22, 2013 @ 6:32 pm

    • They were taken from about the same place. I think the trail to the lake is still under a lot of snow and the views of the lake from most of the trail aren’t as nice as from the top. That lake was the source of water for the person who manned the lookout. He probably hiked down and caught a few fish for dinner, but hiking back up with 5 gallons or so of water would have been a chore.

      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

  14. talked to some folks today heading “your way” to Yellowstone and Grand Tetons (well, close to you anyway!) I told them to be prepared to have their breath taken away!! really pretty pictures you posted this week….as usual!

    Comment by skouba — June 22, 2013 @ 7:33 pm

    • Good time of year for Yellowstone. The weather should be good for the next week or so too.

      Comment by montucky — June 22, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  15. Fabulous views. It must be very therapeutic to be up there looking down on that majestic landscape.

    Comment by Finn Holding — June 23, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

    • It certainly presents a perspective much different from that in the world of the cities. When one is thoughtful about it, it is a sure cure for the problem of arrogance.

      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

  16. Never tire of your view of these mountains and their gifts.

    Comment by Bo Mackison (@bo_mackison) — June 23, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    • Your comment made me very happy, Bo. In those mountains is displayed the world that gives us the gift of life.

      Comment by montucky — June 23, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

  17. Some fine photos here Montucky, such wonderful country. Have you ever fished this lake? Looks pretty remote and undisturbed, could be terrific!

    Comment by WildBill — June 24, 2013 @ 7:45 am

    • I don’t fish the small mountain lakes. Most are fishable as is Baldy Lake, but the fish are very small. I’m almost strictly a stream fisherman and there are several decent streams fairly close. Later in the summer the river below the house is really good for fairly good sized trout and I can just walk down in an evening.

      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

  18. I understand why you love these mountains! Your photos are just stunning . The day i decide to visit the US, Montana is the state i absolutely don´t wanna miss !
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful landscape with us ! // Maria :)

    Comment by mariayarri — June 24, 2013 @ 9:13 am

    • I agree that Montana has a great amount of beauty. I wish everyone could spend some time in these mountains: they would fall in love with them as I have!

      Comment by montucky — June 24, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

  19. I lived in the US for a while but I’ve never been there – Montana.
    Now I realize I missed a lot of beauty from mother nature.
    If you don’t mind me asking, could you visit my blog and read what I posted in English? I started it a few days ago and I could use some helpful hints/opinions on it.

    Comment by thaygoulart — June 25, 2013 @ 5:47 pm

  20. Wow, Wow, Wow! Our plans are to travel in a motorhome when we retire, and I’ve already told hubby we are going to go see Montana for sure. I thoroughly enjoy viewing your photos Terry, they are always stunning and inspiring.

    Comment by bayphotosbydonna — June 25, 2013 @ 8:06 pm

    • Thank you Donna! That will be a great way to see the country, especially since then you will be able to take your time doing it. There’s so much to see!

      Comment by montucky — June 25, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  21. Absolutely stunning!. You have opened up a whole world of new travel possibilities to me – thanks!

    Comment by rubytheblacklabrador — June 27, 2013 @ 3:49 am

    • Thanks Ruby! There’s a lot of pretty scenery around!

      Comment by montucky — June 27, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

  22. Gorgeous, Terry…I’ve come to love the late spring/early summer images from the mountains…the waking green and the remnant white…a beautiful combination that seems to complement each other well….to me, anyway.

    Comment by seekraz — June 27, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    • Yes, an unbeatable combination. Even with the heat we are now getting there is a little snow over 7000 feet here.

      Comment by montucky — June 27, 2013 @ 2:53 pm

  23. Wonderful set of photos. I really enjoyed this post!

    Comment by Sartenada — July 4, 2013 @ 11:19 pm

    • I’m pleased that you enjoyed the photos Matti!

      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2013 @ 9:37 pm

  24. Wow! What a view!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — July 6, 2013 @ 5:19 pm

    • It is inside a small roadless area of only 6482 acres and has been protected mainly because of the rugged terrain.

      Comment by montucky — July 7, 2013 @ 8:56 am

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