Montana Outdoors

January 7, 2014

Northeast from Silcox…

Mount Silcox

Photo was taken August 23, 2010 from USFS trail 478 from Goat Lakes to Mount Silcox in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

To the far right of the photo between some of the branches of the tree you can see a bit of the road that leads to the trail head, and a couple inches to the left of that and down a little you can see a piece of the trail crossing an open area of the mountainside.



  1. Great place to hike. If only I wasn’t so ursaphobic! Maybe if there were mushrooms to pick, I could forget about the bears, like I do at home.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 7, 2014 @ 7:47 pm

    • The chances of having an uncomfortable encounter with one are pretty slim, but one still has to be prepared. In this particular area I carry both a pistol and bear spray because this is within Grizzly habitat. Still, you really should stay within your comfort range I think.


      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

      • Vancouver Island used to be pretty comfortable for me. Black bears usually run away and I have bear spray, but now there are more and more reports of grizzlies swimming over here from the mainland (island hopping to get here) and it’s making me a bit nervous.


        Comment by wordsfromanneli — January 7, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

        • I have to confess that I’m not overjoyed about Grizzlies either, but there are few around here and no park bears in the area. I was a little surprised that I saw no Grizzly sign in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last summer because that is in their territory. Haven’t heard of any problems either.

          I’ve also found that our Forest Service Ranger Stations usually know a lot about the bear activity in their areas too and give out some good information if asked. Don’t know what their equivalent is up there though.


          Comment by montucky — January 7, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

  2. Yes, Yes, yes, I see the road and the trail .. both look beyond intriguing and inviting. Gorgeous photo.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — January 7, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

  3. That trail cutting across really helps to give a sense of what it would be like to be out there. As the old saying goes, a person could get lost out there – in both the negative AND the positive sense of things!


    Comment by shoreacres — January 7, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

    • Lost, and so very much at home all at the same time! It’s a very satisfying thing!


      Comment by montucky — January 7, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

  4. It’s such a beautiful place with so many vantage points to enjoy it from. I can’t imagine why anyone would ever leave such a place if they had a choice.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — January 8, 2014 @ 5:32 am

    • Many of us won’t. That whole roadless area is a treasure for those who like the forests.


      Comment by montucky — January 8, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

  5. You know, I’ve seen some pretty breathtaking views in our travels, but I think I missed the boat when I didn’t get to take in Montana when we lived in the Pacific Northwest. Hubby was there once I think on a business trip, but the rest of us never made it there. After viewing your photos these last couple of years, I’m putting your beloved state on my to-do list for retirement travel. Maybe the Montana State Tourism Office should pay you!!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 8, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    • There is what seems like an endless series of scenery in the pacific northwest. Montana has its share, but so does Idaho and northern Washington and Oregon. No end to beauty!


      Comment by montucky — January 8, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

      • That’s for sure! We lived in Portland and we saw a lot of the coast both in Oregon, Washington, and northern California. And of course, there are the mountains, the high desert of eastern OR, and Crater Lake — awesome beauty.


        Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — January 9, 2014 @ 7:46 am

  6. You have so much open land up there, amazing.


    Comment by Candace — January 8, 2014 @ 7:26 pm

    • There is, but those patches on the mountainsides in the distance are old logging sections. The politicians and those they cater to are still aggressively attacking the remaining wild areas.


      Comment by montucky — January 8, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

  7. Your country is so beautiful. Your photo could be postcard.


    Comment by Sartenada — January 10, 2014 @ 4:47 am

    • Thanks Matti. That was taken in a very beautiful area that has been relatively well protected from exploiters.


      Comment by montucky — January 10, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

  8. I sure miss the green spaces and blue sky right now Terry, great shot !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — January 14, 2014 @ 8:59 pm

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