Montana Outdoors

July 29, 2013

On the edge

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:26 pm

Bull River country

The photo was taken today along western Montana’s Bull River while I was returning home from a hiking trip into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. The mountains in the background are in the wilderness. I’ve long wanted to spend some time there and today was the first of many trips (I hope) exploring its 147 square miles. After 7 hours on the trail I am very happily tired.


  1. Ah, the Bull River! One of my favorite places. What trail did you hike in the CMW?


    Comment by aarontheisen — July 29, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

    • Trail 646 to St Paul Lake. Had it all to myself. Still some nice snow banks on the face of St Paul Peak.


      Comment by montucky — July 29, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

  2. Beautiful Montana!


    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — July 29, 2013 @ 10:44 pm

    • Personally I think this is the prettiest part of the state.


      Comment by montucky — July 29, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  3. Can’t wait to come to Montana again this October. It’s such a beautiful state! I’ll be taking lots of pictures to drool over when I get back home. Meanwhile I’m really enjoying yours.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — July 29, 2013 @ 11:10 pm

  4. Looks like a very beautiful place to walk. Looking forward to seeing some more images from this day’s hike.


    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — July 30, 2013 @ 1:12 am

    • It was a good trail, 4 miles to the lake with a 1600 foot vertical climb, but through beautiful country. I will post a lot of photos of the trail and the lake to give folks an idea of what that area is like. It is true wilderness.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

  5. Now iยดm certain; I must visit this part of the US ! I just love this landscape . // Maria ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by mariayarri — July 30, 2013 @ 2:46 am

    • There are many miles of scenery like it and the wild country beyond is even more beautiful.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

  6. Hello Terry, I generally try not to do envy but your wide open spaces and wilderness make that increasingly difficult! And you’ve captured it beautifully, it’s easy to see why you want to spend time exploring it.


    Comment by Finn — July 30, 2013 @ 2:49 am

    • Yesterday was the start of a new love affair for me. I already have a list of some of the trails I want to hike this year.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:31 pm

  7. I don’t think I could look at that veiw for long without wanting to see those mountains up close.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — July 30, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    • Exactly! I have now started to do that and will visit them every chance I get.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

  8. Oh look! There’s my cabin along the edge of the woods! No, wait. I’m dreaming.


    Comment by jomegat — July 30, 2013 @ 5:32 am

    • There are many cabins just like that along the Bull River.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:39 pm

  9. Beautiful!


    Comment by Debby — July 30, 2013 @ 5:32 am

  10. Nice meadow.


    Comment by knightofswords — July 30, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    • Perhaps some morning I will have a chance to photograph a meadow like that with elk grazing there.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  11. What a beautiful meadow. Oh, to find a spot to lie down and look up at that wide sky…


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — July 30, 2013 @ 6:43 am

  12. Beautiful!


    Comment by winsomebella — July 30, 2013 @ 6:53 am

  13. Looks like a gorgeous day.


    Comment by bearyweather — July 30, 2013 @ 7:17 am

    • It wa. Finally, a few clouds and the smoke from the fires hasn’t reached that far west yet.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:43 pm

  14. Now this ain’t no bull: that is one of the prettiest areas in W MT! I have happy memories of floating around in Bull Lake on a sunny summer day. I sure do miss Montana. Glad you are getting out and about and posting these lovely photos, Terry.


    Comment by twoscamps — July 30, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    • This photo was a bonus after shooting over a hundred in the wilderness!


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:44 pm

  15. That looks like a perfect spot to just sit and bask in the sunshine and the absolutely gorgeous scenery. We’re all blessed that you share these incredible views with us!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — July 30, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

    • I’m glad that you like seeing this scenery. I have lived here for a long time and still get excited seeing it myself.


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  16. Hi Montucky, What a beautiful area! I love how green and verdant it is in your picture. Excellent! Glad you have such a lovely spot around you! Have a super nice Wed. tomorrow.


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — July 30, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    • Thanks wildlifewatcher! I hope you have a great day too!


      Comment by montucky — July 30, 2013 @ 9:46 pm

  17. So pretty…that meadow looks like a basin or part of a lake where the water didn’t make it this year…such rich greenness. And that’s a good kind of tiredness, too…after seven hours on the trail. How wonderful for you! ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by seekraz — July 31, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    • That is just the plain along the Bull River, but there are miles of it and it’s all beautiful.

      I felt so good about the hike, especially when I got to the really steep part and the knee felt good like first gear- low range in the Jeep! I know now I can continue on the back country trails!


      Comment by montucky — July 31, 2013 @ 9:14 am

  18. I love the expanse of green fringed by the mountains in this shot – beautiful!


    Comment by Julie — July 31, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

    • This is the part of Montana that gets the most amount of annual precipitation and it shows, doesn’t it! It gets very white in winter!


      Comment by montucky — July 31, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      • Well, it certainly shows that it has plentiful precipitation … I think I’m “thirsty” for green these days, as my home city, Vancouver BC, just set the record for BC’s driest July, without any rainfall, since 1937. Many brown areas …


        Comment by Julie — August 2, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

        • We have also had a very dry July, but just last night we received a half inch of rain and that has made quite a difference. In our higher areas, especially in the northwest part of the state it stays fairly wet and if there is any rain around it will be there.


          Comment by montucky — August 2, 2013 @ 11:46 pm

  19. That meadow by the mountains is gorgeous. 7 hours, that’s a good workout, wow.


    Comment by Candace — July 31, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

    • That whole area is covered with lush vegetation, including thick forests just off the valleys and well forested mountains (except the rocky peaks).
      Well, an hour and a half was used taking pictures.


      Comment by montucky — July 31, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  20. What a stunning photo! I’m celebrating the (hopefully permanent) return of my WordPress access by looking at your blog! ๐Ÿ˜€


    Comment by Jo Woolf — August 1, 2013 @ 6:44 am

  21. Thank You presenting this natural beauty. What there is even a large green area?


    Comment by Sartenada — August 1, 2013 @ 11:08 pm

    • The valleys in that region are quite small, but they are beautifully green in summer.


      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

  22. I caught that little passing mention about your knee. I hope you haven’t been having trouble with it. I can’t think of much in the world that would be worse than you, not able to make your wonderful hikes! We benefit, of course – but your joy in your surroundings is obvious and infectious.


    Comment by shoreacres — August 2, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    • Thank you for your concern. One day early in July I did have a very painful problem on a hike. It has since worked out and I can hike OK with only a little pain. THe hike to St Paul Lake was a test for me because it is a moderately strenuous hike, 8 miles with a 1600 foot vertical. I did fine with only a little pain, but the good part was the knee felt good during the tough climbing parts! Now just more work for it!


      Comment by montucky — August 2, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

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