Montana Outdoors

December 20, 2013

Seven Point Mountain

Seven Point Mountain

Hiking six miles on a rocky trail through the Cataract roadless area was a small price to pay for the privilege of standing there in total solitude. Photo taken on August 31, 2012.

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  1. That has to be one of the most glorious feelings in the world … beautiful.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — December 20, 2013 @ 10:41 pm

    • It is indeed, Teresa. There is a perspective there that I wish everyone could see. That’s our mother Earth there, behind the harsh veil of civilization.

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      Comment by montucky — December 20, 2013 @ 11:02 pm

  2. I bet it was quiet and the air filled your lungs right up.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — December 20, 2013 @ 11:01 pm

    • Total stillness and peace there and a refreshment of the soul. You can look and smell and feel and hear and understand who you are and where you are.

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      Comment by montucky — December 20, 2013 @ 11:09 pm

  3. Indeed, what an absolutely stunning view.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — December 20, 2013 @ 11:36 pm

    • It was, and the trail ran right up the crest of the ridge to the top where there were even more views. What a world we live in!

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      Comment by montucky — December 20, 2013 @ 11:58 pm

  4. Wow, that’s stunning! How hot does it get up on the peaks in August?

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — December 21, 2013 @ 3:23 am

    • There are lots of weather variations on the higher peaks, but they are usually 20 degrees F cooler than in the valleys, sometimes more. Much cooler at night. Last summer I hiked to a peak in the Cabinet Wilderness and noticed that the temperature there was 65. In the valley on the highway back toward home it was 95.

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      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2013 @ 9:15 am

      • That’s a big difference! I guess height and wind chill play a great part.

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        Comment by Jo Woolf — December 21, 2013 @ 10:01 am

        • If everything else remains the same, temperature will decrease by about 5.4 degrees F for every 1000 feet increase in elevation. Certainly, the wind that is nearly always present at the mountain tops makes it feel even cooler.

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          Comment by montucky — December 21, 2013 @ 11:03 am

  5. Your title reminded me of “The Seven Storey Mountain” by Thomas Merton-another lover of solitude. I wish I could spend a few days with a rock hammer on that slope. What a story those rocks could tell.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — December 21, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    • I wish that I had more knowledge of geology. The rocks and rock formations are fascinating. I bring back a small rock from each of the peaks that I visit as an added memory of the trip.

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      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    • That was the first thing I thought of, too. Merton would have appreciated both the solitude and the view. No question about that.

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      Comment by shoreacres — December 21, 2013 @ 9:47 pm

  6. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing with those of us in midwest.

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    Comment by Linda Ault — December 21, 2013 @ 6:59 am

    • Thank you Linda! I’m very glad that you like seeing them!

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      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  7. Is it my imagination, or are the peaks in this area rounder and smoother? Are they older? or differently formed. Despite that six mile hike, they look more accessible than some.

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    Comment by shoreacres — December 21, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    • I think they just display the variety formed by the tilting and pushing up of the mountains. These are a little less in elevation and farther away from the valley of the Clark Fork, so there appears to be less contrast.

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      Comment by montucky — December 21, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

  8. Really amazing experience, I’m sure.

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    Comment by Candace — December 22, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

    • It really was, Candace. In a way it was exhausting, but still good to know that I am still capable of it!

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      Comment by montucky — December 23, 2013 @ 8:18 pm

  9. Very small price to pay for that kind of solitude…and that kind of view….wonderful.

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    Comment by seekraz — December 25, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

  10. Very gorgeous. Did You walk on the ridge in this photo?

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    Comment by Sartenada — December 27, 2013 @ 12:18 am

    • I did. The trail follows the crest of the ridge and at the far end of that mountains there was a fire lookout in about 1930.

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      Comment by montucky — December 27, 2013 @ 8:25 pm


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