The daily temperatures here are heading up into the 100’s for the next few days, and I know it’s hot also in a lot of other places now, especially in the western states of the U.S. Seems a good time to post some “cool” photos that were taken on the first of June this year of Revett Lake on the Montana/Idaho border. (Hard to believe, only a month ago.)
Revett Lake is a small mountain lake that sits at an elevation of 5800 feet in the Bitterroot Mountain range just west of the Montana/Idaho border in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. From Thompson Pass, which is about 20 miles west of Thompson Falls Montana on highway 471, you can take Forest Service road 266 to its end at the trail head for the lake (about a mile and a half). From there, USFS trail 9 will lead to the lake, a mile and a half to two mile hike with a fairly easy climb in summer; not so easy in June.
Beautiful place, Terry…and it’s amazing what the difference in latitude will do with the snow and ice. I was up at Lake Blanche three weeks ago, 8,900 ft in elevation, and there were only bits of snow remaining on the sides of the mountains above it…. We hit 101 or 102 today….so thank you, doubly, for the cool, cool water photos.
I can hardly believe you’re having such high temperatures at your elevation – you must get a very wide temperature range overall. I just love those photos, especially the lake that has thawed and re-frozen – and the huge trees – just spectacular.
Yes, we do have a wide temperature range. I remember about a dozen years ago arriving at work one morning and seeing that it was -33ºF; and now the forecast for next Wednesday is 104ºF. It is not uncommon to see at several different times during the year, a temperature difference of 40 – 50 degrees from night time low to day time high. It makes preparing for high country hikes a bit challenging.
The high country lakes are usually very pretty and there are many of them similar to this one. I enjoy them because there are no roads to them nor motorized vehicles allowed ( and therefore very little traffic), so they can be experienced as they have evolved over the millenniums.
I enjoy that too, Charlie. Several times last summer, in the middle of a long hike, I found a nice grassy spot next to a snowbank that was just perfect for a short nap. Now if that isn’t satisfying, I don’t know what is!
Rather hard to say Last year I visited Pear Lake, which is only a dozen or so miles from Revett and another thousand feet higher, on July 23rd and found some prettu good snow banks up against the rims.
With a forecast of 100+ temps for the next 5 days I will hold these beautiful, cool looking pictures in my memory. I don’t like the heat but its part of summer and does bring a bounty of fresh fruits and veggies to the table. Heading up to Lassen Park in a week or so wo will be enjoying the mountains soon but right now Thank YOU! for these beautiful images.
Without a doubt a distinct contrast to the heat that the west is experiencing. Mean while we’re drowning in the northeast, almost a foot of rain this month alone where I live, and the humidity is oppressive, but the temps aren’t all that bad. Some nice pics here!
Hi Montucky, Very refreshing. At least here in FL where I live, it is not as terribly hot (even with humidity) as many spots out West. Your pictures are cool and very beautiful. Nice spot. Thanks for your considerate post topic. Have a super good coming week!
I’ve noticed the east coast weather from here. It seems strange for us to be warmer than there at present. I’m afraid that the next several days will be unpleasantly hot for us, but that will pass. At least we have cool nights! I hope you have a great coming week!
Oh, are these ever marvelous. This past weekend we broke our heat records (107 in Houston, 105 here), so it is a delight to know that the cool places are carrying on. It does surprise me that you’re going to be so warm, but that’s just a result of not having much history with Montana. I’m still learning, thanks in good part to you!
Looks like everywhere in the west is getting heat. Every few years we will get up into the hundreds. This year is hotter than most. The big problem here is that it exacerbates the whole wildfire scenario.
Thanks for the kind thought! Sadly, I think that the state is concerned with what tourists can see from the highways and in the parks, and very few of my photos are taken in those places. They are not concerned at all with the roadless areas and other wild places other than the potential of exploiting them for profit.
Some of the trails are hard, but just getting far away from all civilization is worth the effort. The sounds are all made by Mother Nature up there, especially when the trail is buried in snow as it was that day.
I haven’t been able to go to that area yet this year, but I suspect that it would be best to visit there later in June. There is still some snow remaining in the higher places, especially in shady locations. It would be a shame to make a trip there only to be turned back by snow banks on the trail. Perhaps you could get information from the Forest Service. I believe that area is in the Idaho Panhandle Forest.