Montana Outdoors

September 10, 2013

Mount Headley ~ Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area

Mount Headley

~ Just before noon today ~


  1. You do live in paradise!


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 10, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

    • It still is, Anneli. I hope we will have the sense to protect places like this! I will post more photos from this trip. It was one of my most enjoyable hikes!


      Comment by montucky — September 10, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

  2. “Just before noon today,” he says nonchalantly. :)) What a view … and that path … wheww.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — September 10, 2013 @ 9:26 pm

    • It’s a gorgeous place. Mt Headley is the tallest peak (at 7424 feet) in about a 30 mile radius and the views from it seem to go on forever.


      Comment by montucky — September 10, 2013 @ 10:04 pm

  3. Blues skies and incredible roadless vistas! Don’t you love September?looks like an incredible hike.


    Comment by twoscamps — September 10, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 10, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

  4. Wow, the mountains just seem to go on and on! I love the rugged rocks and trees in the foreground. I bet it was wonderful up there!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — September 11, 2013 @ 12:17 am

    • Yes, it is a wonderful place to be! The tall mountains at the skyline behind the tree are in Glacier National Park, about 80 miles to the northeast.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:39 pm

  5. That view is achingly beautiful. Is there a lot of iron ore in that area?


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — September 11, 2013 @ 4:43 am

    • Yes, there are traces of iron all over the Cabinet Mountains, enough to show color in the rocks, but not rich enough to mine (fortunately).


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

  6. 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?


    Comment by shoreacres — September 11, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:46 pm

  7. A great place to be at noon, or any time of the day. Just beautiful.


    Comment by anniespickns — September 11, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

  8. Wow…just gorgeous! I love the colors and the sense of being “out there.” Very nice, Terry.


    Comment by seekraz — September 11, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:52 pm

      • I love that, too, Terry…and what a wonderful experience, getting away from it all to that degree. Wow….


        Comment by seekraz — September 12, 2013 @ 6:31 am

        • We are fortunate that there are places like that still in existence. They are badly needed!


          Comment by montucky — September 12, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

  9. Very crisp and clean and clear and beautiful.


    Comment by Candace — September 11, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    • Those are some of the reason why I love the roadless areas so much, Candace. The forest surrounding the peak is old growth, in its natural state and the air and water there are still pure.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:56 pm

  10. WOW this is the perfect spot for snacks before moving on. Spectacular!


    Comment by dhphotosite — September 11, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    • You bet, and just a quarter of a mile below the peak is an excellent place for a sleeping bag on a bed of pine and fir needles, just down out of the wind.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

  11. Hi Montucky, I love seeing the sky in your picture. Nice banding on the rocks along the bluff. Beautiful shot! Have a fine Thurs. tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — September 11, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

  12. There’s a rock with an invitation to climb!


    Comment by jomegat — September 11, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 11, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

  13. It is a beautiful landscape you live in … I do hope that it will stay like this … Wild and free … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — September 12, 2013 @ 4:45 pm

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

  14. The rock looked to me at first glance like a petrified piece of a fallen tree.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — September 13, 2013 @ 5:57 am

    • It’s part of the rocky crest of that peak. Lots of color in some of those rocky outcrops.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2013 @ 8:39 pm

  15. This reminds me of the large wilderness art paintings I have seen in museums brought to life.


    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — September 16, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    • I can easily see how painters could capture scenes like this. Only once though have I actually seen a painter set up and painting a back country scene.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  16. Another wonderful mountain shot Terry. It’s in stark contrast to your the one in your last post.


    Comment by Finn Holding — September 16, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

    • Thanks Finn. About 40 miles apart, dusk vs noon, and this photo was taken from an altitude almost exactly a mile higher than the previous one.


      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

  17. A magnificent view!


    Comment by Watching Seasons — September 18, 2013 @ 6:52 am

    • It is. Think about spending a whole summer there in a lookout cabin with 360 degree views!


      Comment by montucky — September 18, 2013 @ 9:07 pm

  18. Very beautiful! I would love to visit Montana.


    Comment by Roberta (RJ) — September 20, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — September 20, 2013 @ 11:05 pm

  19. I find trees that can grow and thrive in rock like the one here are amazing.


    Comment by bearyweather — September 21, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

    • Plants, trees in particular, have an incredible will to live.


      Comment by montucky — September 21, 2013 @ 10:10 pm

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