Montana Outdoors

August 30, 2014

Baree Creek Basin

Baree Creek Basin

Baree Creek Basin photographed from USFS trail 63 as it nears the Cabinet Divide trail (USFS trail 630) in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of western Montana.

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  1. Won’t be long before we come out there to make sure the place is still beautiful.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — August 30, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

  2. That is one glorious view … oh, to be standing there right now … the Cabinet Mountains … love that … a beautiful photo.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — August 30, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    • That was yesterday at about 1:30 after a nearly 5 hour hike to get there. Worth every minute of it! I will post more photos later: the views in the other direction were even better!

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

  3. I am craving some of that lovely blue sky … feels like weeks since it has been sunny here.

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    Comment by bearyweather — August 30, 2014 @ 2:04 pm

    • It was a very good day for the hike. Sunny all day but the temps at the higher elevations were in the 60’s.

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2014 @ 2:22 pm

  4. That’s a beautiful spot. I can just picture a herd of elk or a grizzly wandering through. I heard you had some snow in parts of your state a week or two ago but it has probably all melted by now.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — August 30, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

    • Yes, you might see either in that area, but we saw no sign of bears on the trip. Snow was forecast for elevations above 6000 feet in the Glacier Park region which is a little north of this area. The photo was taken from about 6400 feet but I don’t think there was snow there last week. We were prepared for it though.

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2014 @ 4:04 pm

  5. such beautiful scenery,and the air always looks so clear in Montana!

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    Comment by Sue — August 30, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

    • The air in that wilderness area is very pure. There is really nothing much around to pollute it. No motors are allowed in the wilderness, not even a chain saw for clearing the trails. Trail crews can only use crosscut saws, and they must travel only by foot or horseback.

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

  6. Wonderful view. Makes me all the more envious of how lucky you are to live in such a beautiful place.

    (I’m trying really hard to be satisfied with living in the inner city at the moment. It’s really, really hard with our recent Spring sunshine.)

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    Comment by Vicki — August 30, 2014 @ 7:35 pm

    • I know I am lucky and I do not take this natural beauty for granted. The photo was taken on a hike into the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. My hiking companion and I were on the trail for a little over 10 hours and hiked nearly 12 miles without seeing another person. That’s always a wonderful experience.

      Spring always make me restless too and I can imagine how much you must want to get out. You do have some very beautiful parks and botanical gardens there though and it seems like pretty good transportation. Those things are not available in all cities I don’t think, although it has been nearly a decade since I was in a city of any size at all myself.

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      Comment by montucky — August 30, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

  7. I am always amazed at just how vast the mountainous country is. Brilliant photo!

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — August 31, 2014 @ 12:06 am

    • Seen from high on a mountain, the mountain ranges provide a wonderful perspective. The thought usually comes to me that; “Well, I may not be such a big deal after all!”.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2014 @ 8:32 am

  8. Wonderful landscape. I studied it for a long time. Thank You showing this.

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    Comment by Sartenada — August 31, 2014 @ 1:39 am

    • I’m glad that you liked it. I always study scenes like that for a long time too before I go back down.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2014 @ 8:33 am

  9. Hi Montucky, What a splendid long refreshing view! Nicely photographed. Have a pleasant day and another good day tomorrow, too!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — August 31, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    • We walked clear around that basin and far down into the valley below. The views were all fantastic. Hope you’re having a good weekend too!

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

  10. Such a view! I really enjoy being able to look out and see the “layers” arranging themselves into the distance. It looks like there’s a little lingering smoke. Have the fires in your area been brought under control? From the precip map, it looks like you’ve had at least moister conditions, if not rain. I hope so!

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    Comment by shoreacres — August 31, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    • We have had some good rain lately, luckily without a lot of lightning strikes. The fires are all out or nearly so. The forest through which we hiked was in very good condition. The trail we took back down from the divide crossed a nice stream twice and there were dozens of small seeps that created boggy conditions in some places. Very satisfying to see at this time of the year. There were still very small patches of snow on the higher peaks.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

  11. Magnificent view … It is breathtaking … And you are a fantastic landscape photographer … As always, I am very glad that i found your blog ! … // Maria 🙂

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    Comment by mariayarri — August 31, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    • Thank you Maria! It’s pretty easy to be a landscape photographer when you are in places like that. I came back from that hike with 70 photos.

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      Comment by montucky — August 31, 2014 @ 7:15 pm

  12. Beautiful! Wow, a 10 hour hike, that’s something! I’ve never done anything like that.

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    Comment by Candace — September 1, 2014 @ 5:22 pm

    • Both my hiking companion and myself have been doing some kind of training every day. I’m still working on rehab for my knee 3 to 4 hours a day. That has paid off for the knee and in endurance too. This hike didn’t tire us out, although I slept well that night.

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      Comment by montucky — September 1, 2014 @ 9:02 pm

  13. Fabulous view, you’ve captured it beautifully Terry

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    Comment by Mike Howe — September 2, 2014 @ 10:30 am

    • That’s the country south of the Cabinet Divide. I will soon post some views northwest of there. It’s a beautiful wilderness area.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2014 @ 8:17 pm

  14. Amazing and breathtaking…I really love the sweeping vista photos you share, they are special.

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    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — September 2, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    • I am planning another hike just to the northwest of there later in September. I have a hunch that will provide some of the prettiest scenery I’ve ever seen. It’s a lot of work to get there, but I’d do that any day just to be in such places.

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      Comment by montucky — September 2, 2014 @ 8:20 pm

  15. A photo essay without rival! Starkly beautiful in places. Lush and elegant in others. You do live in wonderful territory Montucky! Wow!

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    Comment by WildBill — September 16, 2014 @ 8:37 am

    • Yes, it is wonderful! Probably as close as I’ll ever get to paradise.

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      Comment by montucky — September 16, 2014 @ 1:39 pm


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