Montana Outdoors

April 7, 2015

The Missions

Filed under: Mission Mountains — Tags: , — montucky @ 9:22 am

My effort to reach the trail head for Big Hole Peak Sunday was stopped by a couple of feet of snow on the road at about 6000 feet, but en route, this view of the Mission Mountains made the attempt worthwhile. I like the perspective of seeing that range from a high elevation at a distance of about 55 miles.

Mission Mountains


  1. Stunning photo. Makes me feel very meditative!


    Comment by derrycats — April 7, 2015 @ 9:47 am

  2. Wow! Fantastic shot!


    Comment by paws2smile — April 7, 2015 @ 9:54 am

    • It’s a different view than from the valley at the base of the mountains. Shows a little of their depth as well as their height.

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      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2015 @ 10:12 am

  3. What a painting that would make. I love all the layers.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — April 7, 2015 @ 10:41 am

    • The layers help show the perspective of those incredible mountains, don’t they. Yes, it would be a great painting!

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      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2015 @ 7:16 pm

  4. They sure are beautiful. That view is well worth a climb.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — April 7, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

    • Yes. I always prefer the views from the mountain peaks when possible. It’s an amazing country.


      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2015 @ 7:17 pm

  5. Great picture, wish the valley would have been this clear when I was there. Isn’t that peak on the right what they call Colwachan or something like that?


    Comment by Ron Mangels — April 7, 2015 @ 3:07 pm

    • I’m afraid I don’t know the Missions all that well. I hope to hike there next summer though. There is a mountain in that area called “Kakashe”. Yes, I wish it had been that clear too. We could have easily seen the Missions from the old Lookout.


      Comment by montucky — April 7, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

  6. Wow! Like some forbidden land. Magnificent.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — April 8, 2015 @ 12:29 am

    • I can remember admiring that range when I was a kid. It made a real impression on me then and still does.


      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2015 @ 10:05 am

  7. The juxtaposition of the smoother (foot?) hills and the jagged peaks is so wonderful. I’m always amazed by this sort of mountain photo — the sense of layered landscape is wonderful.


    Comment by shoreacres — April 8, 2015 @ 6:37 am

    • There are amazing views from most of the taller peaks around here. It is a perspective on this planet that the folks in most of the large cities just don’t have. A decade ago I spent quite a bit of time in Philadelphia on business, and I ran into people there who had never in their lives even left the city. They didn’t know what to make of photos like this.


      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2015 @ 10:08 am

  8. Love, love, love the blues in this photo. Those Mission Mountains are gorgeous.


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — April 8, 2015 @ 9:35 am

    • Yes, the blues are a real phenomenon. The really close parts of the forest are as green as can be, and they incrementally turn to blue in the distance. I think that’s where the phrase “purple mountain majesties” came to be.

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      Comment by montucky — April 8, 2015 @ 10:11 am

  9. Gorgeous


    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — April 8, 2015 @ 6:52 pm

  10. Beautiful. How high are the Mission Mountains?


    Comment by WildBill — April 8, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

    • The highest peak in the range is 9820 feet. One of the things that make them stand out so much is that the Mission valley just below the range is only 3000 feet.


      Comment by montucky — April 9, 2015 @ 8:17 am

  11. You’d never think that was 55 miles from the photo! Beautiful!


    Comment by Candace — April 9, 2015 @ 9:46 pm

    • When I first saw them from this distance I was amazed too. They really stand out!


      Comment by montucky — April 10, 2015 @ 7:36 pm

  12. Wow. that is a gorgeous photograph.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — April 12, 2015 @ 9:19 am

    • Thanks. It’s hard to take a bad photo of the Missions.
      They border the Flathead Indian Reservation, and in fact part of them is on the res. I worked for over 5 years on that reservation and one of the employees who worked for me was young Indian who just loved to hike in the Missions. He said that he had been on the top of every one of the tall peaks there. I never did get around to accompanying him on any of those hikes and regret i now, but I do plan to hike into the Mission Mountains Wilderness this summer if possible.


      Comment by montucky — April 12, 2015 @ 9:26 am

  13. Wow. Like Mount Everest. I am glad that You showed this photo. Thank You.


    Comment by Sartenada — April 16, 2015 @ 2:04 am

    • These are not nearly as large as Everest, but they rise from a low elevation valley and appear huge. I love that we can see them from a great distance.


      Comment by montucky — April 16, 2015 @ 8:28 am

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