Montana Outdoors

November 5, 2013

Winter trail (Baldy Mountain roadless area)

Winter trail

Winter trail

Winter trail

Winter trail

Winter trail

Winter trail

Winter trail

Winter trail

Yes, it was as cold as it looks.


  1. As much as I hate for it to snow, it does look beautiful. Did you see any interesting tracks?

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 5, 2013 @ 11:52 pm

  2. Already…..snow.
    It makes the mountains and trees look so beautiful.

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — November 5, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

    • The altitude where the photos were taken is 6500 feet, but tonight we have a little snow in the valley too. It was so pretty coming down!

      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2013 @ 12:04 am

  3. Looks good. Off to Carson City to see family tomorrow. They’ve had snow, but it’s melted off.

    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — November 5, 2013 @ 11:57 pm

    • Carson City is fairly high, isn’t it… 4800 feet? A visit there will cool you off a bit! We had enough tonight to coat the ground, but it will likely melt tomorrow. The breeze has a nip in it though!

      Comment by montucky — November 6, 2013 @ 12:08 am

  4. That is a lovely transformation! But as you say, it does look very cold indeed!

    Comment by Jo Woolf — November 6, 2013 @ 12:43 am

    • How refreshing it would have been in the middle of August!

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  5. What a dream place to be privileged enough to tread upon!

    Comment by oawritingspoemspaintings — November 6, 2013 @ 1:40 am

    • I feel that way about it too. My fears are that the remaining places like it will not be protected and that they will not be visited and respected by the new generations that are “tech savvy” but growing out of touch with the natural world.

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

      • I feel the same way about it too. Well, then, well have to educate them ;)

        Comment by oawritingspoemspaintings — November 11, 2013 @ 2:04 pm

        • I hope we can! I sense an exercise trend starting to take place; perhaps some of it can be channelled into hiking on the mountain trails!

          Comment by montucky — November 11, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

  6. Ouch! It’s too early for that, but it is beautiful. Thanks for trudging through it to show it to us. It looks like it was a wet, heavy snow.

    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 6, 2013 @ 5:53 am

    • We are lucky here that places like that exist at higher elevations and can be visited with a little effort. Spring comes late up there and winter, early.

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:09 pm

  7. It never ceases to amaze me how a dusting of snow turns a scene into a beautiful fairy-like land. Gorgeous!

    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 6, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    • There is magic in snow in many ways. It is capable of creating much beauty!

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

  8. beautiful!
    woke to 3+ fresh inches of snow today!

    Comment by Tammie — November 6, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    • You have been getting more up there than we have. Here in the valley we have had only a trace on the ground so far.

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

  9. Beautiful snow photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

    Comment by Sonnja — November 6, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

  10. The transformation is (almost) complete … I’m actually looking forward to the first big snowfall. I love the sense of quiet and these images capture it so well. Love that trail …

    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — November 7, 2013 @ 6:57 am

    • We haven’t had that first big snowfall here yet either. I love seeing it, but dislike the idea that it inhibits access to the high country. Yesterday I drove on a very icy road in the high country, probably my last visit to that place this year. I’m sure looking forward to a good snow here now!

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

  11. It tickles me so when you anticipate our responses and answer the basic question first. It does look cold, but it’s also beautiful. I saw there was recent snow in Nebraska, too. I had terrific weather through my whole trip, but seeing some snow would have been a delight.

    Comment by shoreacres — November 7, 2013 @ 7:59 am

    • You were lucky to have good weather for your trip! There have been traffic problems in several places here in western Montana already from icy roads.
      Yes, it was cold up there: air temperature in the mid-20’s and at time a stiff wind blowing. A refresher course in the feel of winter! My attire was correct for the conditions though and I enjoyed every minute of it!

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:20 pm

  12. Winter is such a beautiful season, I’m ready for it ! Really beautiful photos montucky :)

    Comment by Inspired and pretty — November 7, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    • It is indeed a beautiful season! I love the attitude of most of the folks who live up here: “It’s cold, snowy, icy and windy outside, so let’s go out and play in it”!

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:22 pm

  13. Hi Montucky, Very nice pictures! Looks inviting and beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

    Comment by wildlifewatcher — November 7, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

    • Yes, it is inviting and beautiful once you are prepared for it. I love weather like that!

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:23 pm

  14. Very pretty but seems so early. We had to kick our heat on last night for the first time this year, haha.

    Comment by Candace — November 7, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    • Well, we’ve had the heat on for a month now already. I remember when we lived in Queen Creek my favorite day of the year was Halloween, when the temperature turned cooler and I went around the neighborhood trick-or-treating with the kids. We had fireplaces in two of the homes we had there and they got a lot of use, much to my original surprise t seeing fireplaces in that climate. I suppose now their use there now is being curtailed for air quality reasons though.

      Comment by montucky — November 8, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

      • We have no burn days but we have burn days, too. We don’t have a fireplace but some of our neighbors do so I love to smell that on a cold night. Funny thing is they start using their fireplaces when it goes down to about 80, seems silly. We were lucky this year that most of October was pleasant and we didn’t have to wait for Halloween.

        Comment by Candace — November 8, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

        • A wood fire at 80 seems silly. In the nearest large town they have banned wood stoves because of air conditions and have no-burn and burn days for the ones that were grandfathered in. The hypocritical thing is that the logging interests are allowed to burn their slash piles most of the winter and the smoke from them is incredibly bad all over western Montana.

          Comment by montucky — November 9, 2013 @ 11:15 pm

  15. I am looking at similar white scenes out my window this morning. Hoping some warmth flies in to melt it because it is way too early … however, it looks like it wants to stick around.

    Comment by bearyweather — November 9, 2013 @ 9:43 am

    • We are in the mode of getting a little snow, then rain, then mixed. In another month we will see winter.

      Comment by montucky — November 9, 2013 @ 11:12 pm

  16. Great photos as always … I can see that snow has come to your part of Montana …
    I´m longing for the day when i can move in to my own apartment again …
    And i miss being without my computer … I can´t follow my favourite blog as i usually do.

    // Maria :)

    Comment by mariayarri — November 11, 2013 @ 3:25 am

    • I can imagine how much you want to be at home again! I hope you will be settled in again for the holidays!

      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

  17. Truly, paradise found! Wonderful photographs!

    Comment by WildBill — November 11, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    • As close as we can get! I love the old-growth forests!

      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

  18. Absolutely gorgeous scenery, Montucky!

    Comment by Watching Seasons — November 11, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    • Thanks! The roadless areas are just full of beauty!

      Comment by montucky — November 11, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

  19. So beautiful.

    Comment by Giiid — November 11, 2013 @ 1:01 pm

  20. I absolutely love it, Terry…goodness. It was already beautiful, but it is so much more so with the covering of snow. Stunningly beautiful out there!

    Comment by seekraz — November 13, 2013 @ 10:11 pm

    • That’s one of my favorite trails. It is difficult to get up there when there is much snow because the road to the trail head can’t be driven. I cherish the times when there is snow on the mountain but not so much that I can’t drive the Jeep through it. I would love to be able to walk that trail on snowshoes!

      Comment by montucky — November 13, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

  21. Great photos. Wintry landscape can be beautiful and You just proved it.

    Comment by Sartenada — November 29, 2013 @ 12:44 am

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