Yes, after the hot summer we’ve had, September will be a treasure. It was probably in the 40’s last night and today it was about 65 in the high country. Very hot though in the sun at that elevation. I’ve been to Headly twice before and each time seems like the very first; thing s are always fresh and new in that kind of country.
It’s pretty easy to spot the iron here! I’ve never thought of iron in Montana, probably because the mining I’ve been aware of is around Minnesota and so on. Is the content in this area high enough to affect a compass?
There are a variety of minerals that color the rocks all over this area, but not rich enough to mine. I’ve never noticed any effect on my compass in any of the areas I’ve visited in the Cabinet Mountains. There are several mines around, still active, but mostly for gold, silver and some copper. There is a working antimony mine about 40 miles from Mt. Headley.
Quite a lunchroom, isn’t it! I try to be there around noon because of the light angles on the cliffs and peaks all around. If I stay there a couple of hours, I get the right light for scenes all around.
I love getting away from “civilization”. That is a 10 mile drive and a 4 mile hike from the nearest highway, and for the afternoon before and all of the hike that day I didn’t see another person or vehicle. The peak provides unobstructed views in all 360 degrees.
On clear days, the clouds are not much higher than the peak and so you get to see them from the side instead of from below. I always enjoy that. I was nice to just sit and spend some time there. The sun was warm, but a slight breeze kept it cool, about 65 degrees air temperature.
You could climb to your heart’s content. From the trail head, the vertical was right at 1400 feet which, spread over 4 miles is quite comfortable. You can feel the difference the altitude makes though in your breathing.
The peak from which the photo was taken is in the northern part of a roadless area of 57 square miles where no motor vehicles are allowed. It is a place in which to see the land as it has always been: a wild treasure.
Thank you. Yes, there is much beauty in Montana’s wild country and fortunately a fair amount of it remains wild, for how long I don’t know. I know that there is a lot of gorgeous country where you live too, having spent several years living in Denver with frequent visits to the mountains.