Montana Outdoors

October 1, 2013

Geiger Lake ~ Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

Geiger Lake

Photo taken October 1, 2013 in snow and rain and sleet and exhilaration.


  1. Beautiful! I was wondering when the snow would arrive. Looks like time is short for high-country ramblings…


    Comment by aarontheisen — October 1, 2013 @ 9:21 pm

    • The current weather front seems to have dropped much less snow than was forecast. I’m still hoping for an Indian summer and a few more hiking opportunities before the snows start in earnest. Sure was wet today though at only 4700 feet!


      Comment by montucky — October 1, 2013 @ 9:33 pm

  2. Stunning image……..thanks for sharing.

    Don’t know how I’d survive city living without your wonderful outdoor photos to feast on.

    I particularly like this image. I like the depth, contrast and…………..the foreground, making one feel as though we’re on the hiking trail with you.


    Comment by Vicki (from Victoria A Photography) — October 1, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

    • Thanks Vicki. I’m glad that you liked it. That will not be the only time I visit that lake. There is another above it and above that a high pass from which, I understand, the views are incredible.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

  3. Absolutely gorgeous photo! What a lovely place.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 1, 2013 @ 11:33 pm

  4. This is one of my favourite photos of yours! The first autumn colours and a sprinkling of snow – you can see it’s still falling up there. Makes me want to get up into the mountains!


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 2, 2013 @ 12:12 am

    • I have really gotten to like that wilderness. It is 147 square miles of scenes like this. Now that I’ve gotten warm and dry again I’m ready to go back.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  5. Beautiful! Is the snow early this year? Everything seems to be about two or three weeks early here this year.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — October 2, 2013 @ 4:34 am

    • It is pretty normal to have some snow by this time of year here. The high country has gotten a lot lately though.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 8:03 pm

  6. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing your passion; this will be my “go to” place when the fleas and thorns of the day crowd my trail. Rocks are OK as I can go over or around but those fleas just stick with me! Tromp on!


    Comment by Elizabeth — October 2, 2013 @ 7:04 am

  7. Beautiful as always ! … Winter is not far away now … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — October 2, 2013 @ 7:06 am

    • Yes, winter will be with us soon, although I’m still hoping for an Indian summer first.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

  8. Beautiful lake with a nice dusting of snow on the nearby mountains.



    Comment by knightofswords — October 2, 2013 @ 11:01 am

    • I think there was a pretty heavy snow up there followed by a lot of rain. There was water running everywhere including down the trail. I’m still hoping for a few clear days so I can get back there again before snow closes the whole thing off.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 8:07 pm

  9. That one is definitely frame worthy!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 2, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    • I think so too. I may have some prints made of several photos from there.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 8:09 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, Your snow looks refreshing. I don’t think I will miss icy weather much this coming Winter but it sure is pretty to look at. Have a pleasant evening!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — October 2, 2013 @ 2:52 pm

    • Yes, you will have a warmer winter this year, won’t you! I’ll try to post enough snow pictures to keep you reminded of it!


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 8:10 pm

  11. Geiger Lake is absolutely beautiful, it must have been a wonderful hike to get to the lake.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — October 2, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    • It sure is, Charlie! It’s a pretty easy hike, only two miles and a thousand feet vertical. We did it in cold rain, sleet and snow and got pretty wet, but elated. The trail goes on to Upper Geiger lake, then to Buck Pass that has some extreme views. As soon as there is a little better weather, this year or next, I will spend some time there. We even saw a cow moose and her calf on the way out.


      Comment by montucky — October 2, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

  12. So pretty to have 2 seasons represented in this scene. I hope you get your Indian summer, seems too early for winter to hit…we need to see your larch and other autumnal flora, anyway.


    Comment by Candace — October 2, 2013 @ 10:54 pm

  13. The mix of colors is so lovely, but so are the low clouds. The time of transition is here, it seems. Is it my imagination, or are the trees on the right changing color slightly, too? The entire composition is calming and serene. I could use some time up there!


    Comment by shoreacres — October 3, 2013 @ 5:56 pm

    • Time spent up there is time well used, I think! Yes, the low brush is just beginning to get some color to it. There are a few larch among the tall trees and they will turn bright yellow in about a month. I would sure like to be able to return there when the colors are out. It will depend on what the weather does. If it turns cold but stays fairly dry I might be able to make it. If it snows a lot then probably not. It’s one place though that I know I will visit again!


      Comment by montucky — October 3, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

  14. Wonderful photo. If I could find a calendar where Your stunning photo is, I would love to buy it immediately.


    Comment by Sartenada — October 3, 2013 @ 11:18 pm

    • Thank you, Matti! I wish you could see this lake in person and also photograph it!


      Comment by montucky — October 4, 2013 @ 6:42 pm

  15. Oh so very beautiful! Gotta get out there again…


    Comment by Anonymous — October 7, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

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