Montana Outdoors

January 5, 2014

Up toward Penrose

Up toward Penrose

Photo was taken on September 28, 2010 from USFS trail 398 to Penrose Peak (through Dee Creek) in the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana.


  1. Had there been a forest fire in that area? Wondering about the dead trees.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 5, 2014 @ 1:10 am

    • In 2002 there was a major fire on the other side of that mountain that burned many acres of beetle-killed trees but it didn’t come down this side. That is old-growth forest and those dead trees near the ridge likely died in a lightning caused fire. Small fires like that are common throughout the forests, especially near the high ridges.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 9:52 am

  2. What a gorgeous photo! It makes me feel good to see the blue sky (very scarce here at present!) Penrose sounds like a Cornish name! Certainly Celtic.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — January 5, 2014 @ 1:44 am

    • I believe that this peak was named after William J. Penrose, who was Cornish born and a prominent political figure in western Montana in the 1880’s.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 10:07 am

  3. Love the colours and the crispy clear light on this photo, a view like that would make me shiver with excitement and anticipation


    Comment by Mike Howe — January 5, 2014 @ 5:46 am

  4. Nice contrasts here,sky and evergreens, dead trees in foreground and living forest in back ground.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — January 5, 2014 @ 6:56 am

    • The Cherry Peak roadless area is full of such scenes. It is a real treasure!


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 10:09 am

  5. Beautiful. Looks like quite a climb but I think if I was standing in that spot I’d have to do it.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 5, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    • That’s a fairly long trail and a steep one, but beautiful. The top of the peak is incredible. The trail starts at about 2800 feet and tops out at the peak at 7200 feet.


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 10:11 am

      • That’s quite an elevation gain! If I didn’t know that at the time I think curiosity would get the better of me, and I’d be climbing.


        Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 5, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

        • I watch those elevation changes very closely because of the temperature and weather changes that may be part of the climb. They can be extreme!


          Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

  6. Great arch!


    Comment by Dana S. Hugh — January 5, 2014 @ 10:11 am

  7. Thanks for sharing the oldies. I’m waiting for that one dried-up end-of -season flower that I don’t remember getting identified. – L


    Comment by Lynn Millar — January 5, 2014 @ 1:19 pm

    • I missed the end-of-season flowers this year, I think because the seasons turned so quickly. I’m just hoping now that I will be able to get the first ones of speing!


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

  8. Absolutely stunning … What a magnificent landscape ! … // Maria 🙂


    Comment by mariayarri — January 5, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

  9. I’ve never seen mountains look quite so much like waves. The undulation of the hills is beautiful.


    Comment by shoreacres — January 5, 2014 @ 10:13 pm

    • They do look like waves, don’t they! I have thought that when the snow is deep, but never before in summer!


      Comment by montucky — January 5, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

  10. Hi Montucky, I feel like I am on your hike. Beautiful views all around. I enjoy seeing the swirling cloud formations in that sky. Have a great evening tonight and a fantastic day tomorrow!


    Comment by wildlifewatcher — January 6, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    • Those summer skies are something, aren’t they! Have a great day yourself! Glad you’re feeling better!


      Comment by montucky — January 6, 2014 @ 5:30 pm

  11. I work with someone who is from Idaho and spent a lot of time outdoors there and in Montana, too, and he shares your love of the area. His family is still up there so he goes back a few times a year and is always excited to go.


    Comment by Candace — January 8, 2014 @ 7:34 pm

    • I spent many years away from here, returning every year for a few weeks. It was wonderful to head for Montana, terrible to leave!


      Comment by montucky — January 8, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

  12. Can man climb to top mountain tops? Your photo is very inspiring.


    Comment by Sartenada — January 10, 2014 @ 5:00 am

    • Nearly all of the peaks near where I live can be accessed by old trails because in the early 1900’s fire lookout cabins were built on them and the trails to them have been preserved. In the wilderness areas there is access to the peaks but no trails.


      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

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