Montana Outdoors

August 18, 2013

Rock Lake: Cabinet Mountains Wilderness (2)

Rock Lake


  1. Are there no ugly places in Montana? Your photos are always so fit for a calendar.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 18, 2013 @ 11:55 pm

    • Thanks! Sadly, there are many ugly places, and unfortunately they are pretty easy to find. The price for this photo though was seven hours on the trail… a 5000 calorie day…and well worth it for me!


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 12:12 am

  2. What stunning scenery! That must have been a long hike, but what a reward!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — August 19, 2013 @ 1:19 am

    • The reward of seeing that was worth all of the effort. I have to admit, that hike would have been much easier 50 years ago! However, it’s not a bad thing to move at a slower pace on trails like that one!


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:34 pm

  3. The vertical faces coming right up out of the lake with little to no shoreline is so different than what we see here. It looks like you’d need a kayak to explore all the way around it. I’d be happy to just be able to stand and look at it.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 19, 2013 @ 4:29 am

    • Most of these high lakes are like this. The mountains are very rugged and rocky, little erosion has taken place. There are few beaches, usually only along the outlet end. I’m also quite content to just stand or sit a look.


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

  4. That’s an awfully inviting gap. If I were a bear, I’d want to go through it over to the other side of the mountain, just to see what I could see!


    Comment by shoreacres — August 19, 2013 @ 6:12 am

    • It’s difficult to show perspective of this lake. It is quite long, and that gap is St Paul Pass and its lowest point is a thousand feet higher than the lake. Just a few miles on the other side is St Paul Lake which I visited a few weeks ago. There is no trail. Hopefully, next summer I will try to hike to the pass from the other side, but that will be a two day venture.


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

  5. Did you take a quick, cool dip?
    Many of our lakes have a lot of vegetation growing in them this time of year because they are warm … the crystal clear lake looks very tempting .. especially after a long hike.


    Comment by Anonymous — August 19, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    • That comment about the dip was me … sorry, something has changed with replies .. my name used to be automatic


      Comment by bearyweather — August 19, 2013 @ 8:04 am

    • The lake water is very cold, although in the direct sun in a shallow area it didn’t feel too cold. The lake is quite deep and I imagine there are several layers of water temperatures out there.


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

  6. I bet that water’s too cold to swim in even in August.



    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — August 19, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    • I would not want to try a long swim there even now. We had our lunch at the lake and at noon the air temperature was 65º.


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

  7. The long hike was worth the view!


    Comment by dhphotosite — August 19, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

    • It sure was. I will post more photos from along the trail on the way up. It was all beautiful.


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

  8. Sweet image Terry !!!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — August 19, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

    • It’s hard to go wrong with a scene like that. It’s also hard to stop taking pictures!


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

  9. You sure do find all of the most picturesque spots! This one is so lovely, peaceful and serene.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — August 19, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

  10. My, what a summer you’ve had!


    Comment by Tammy — August 19, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

    • Yes, it has been a good one, and there’s more to go! I’ve been meaning to get into that area for quite awhile now, and I’m glad that I got around to it!


      Comment by montucky — August 19, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

  11. Nature can´t be so much more beautiful than this … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — August 20, 2013 @ 7:27 am

    • I agree, Maria. Tomorrow I will hike to another place about 4 miles south of this lake that I understand is also very beautiful.


      Comment by montucky — August 20, 2013 @ 9:55 am

  12. That’s a perfect landscape, mountains, blue water, blue sky, pine trees…lovely.


    Comment by Candace — August 20, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    • There is still a lot of places in that wilderness to explore but if nothing is prettier than this I will not be disappointed. This photo was from the D80, by the way. I will take it with me tomorrow too because I think the views from that trail will be incredible.


      Comment by montucky — August 20, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, What beauty! So glad you get to enjoy such places. That water looks cold but inviting. It’s been a hot and stormy day here in my area of Florida. Have a great Thursday tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 21, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

    • It was cool there, in the 70’s. The water was much cooler. A delightful retreat from the heat of late summer!


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

  14. Oh! I wish I could just be there…. hang my hammock there for an afternoon!


    Comment by twoscamps — August 21, 2013 @ 9:12 pm

    • Come on up, Maureen! It’s open to the public! Bring your hiking boots, and if you wait too long, a winter jacket.


      Comment by montucky — August 21, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

      • Oh I wish! Have hiking boots, winter jacket and hammock! It’s just that its too far right now :*(


        Comment by twoscamps — August 21, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

  15. Dream landscape! Your beautiful photo requires long time to explore the landscape and it is great.


    Comment by Sartenada — August 21, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    • That scene should remain the same for many more centuries. It is inside a Wilderness and is protected from any kind of machine; accessible only by foot or horseback.


      Comment by montucky — August 22, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  16. Fabulous view Terry. I guess not too many folk make it up to there, which adds to the allure.


    Comment by Finn — August 22, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

    • We saw no one when we went up and by the looks of the trail, there are very few visitors. The last mile of trail climbs a thousand feet.


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

  17. Your photo is so crystal clear I feel as though I’m standing right there…


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 22, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    • The air there is about as pure as air gets these days. Makes for clear photos! I’ve already decided that I will spend a night or two at that lake next summer.


      Comment by montucky — August 22, 2013 @ 8:26 pm

  18. Wonderful photos! Those views are incredible. Thank you for sharing them with us.


    Comment by Maggie — August 26, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    • Thank you, Maggie. I’m glad that you enjoyed seeing the lake!


      Comment by montucky — August 26, 2013 @ 8:20 pm

  19. As always, thanks for sharing Terry! Not much more to say, I’ll just do like I’m sure you did and just soak up natures wonders.


    Comment by Ron Mangels — August 31, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    • It’s good to see these wild areas, isn’t it Ron! Comforting too, to know that our roots are there.


      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

  20. Rock Lake is a beautiful lake to hike into and not that challenging. One of the many alpine lakes in the Cabinet Wilderness.
    Decent fishing too.


    Comment by R. Xander — August 26, 2015 @ 9:27 am

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