Montana Outdoors

October 5, 2015

Red and gold

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:23 pm


Photo taken from USFS trail 102 just above Terrace Lake, Cabinet Mountains, western Montana. It is in the headwaters of the West Fork of Fishtrap Creek in the Thompson River drainage.


  1. Red and gold
    Don’t grow old.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — October 5, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

  2. Breathtaking! And it’s only just begun.


    Comment by Candace — October 5, 2015 @ 7:22 pm

    • Yes. The Larch are just starting to turn as are the aspens in most places, but in the higher elevation creek bottoms this morning the brush was heavy with frost.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

  3. The more I looked, the more red I found, even working its way into the crevices of the rocks high up the mountainside. And I’d forgotten the larch! I’ll be glad to see them again.


    Comment by shoreacres — October 5, 2015 @ 8:20 pm

    • The red is huckleberry and the larch is just starting to turn. It will get brighter. This photo is from a little saddle at the highest point of the trail before it descends to the lake, about 1,200 feet above the trail head.


      Comment by montucky — October 5, 2015 @ 8:29 pm

  4. Beautiful! I did the same thing the other day but with a different kind of tree. And the scenery wasn’t anywhere near the same.


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 6, 2015 @ 2:47 am

    • The deciduous trees are vying for attention this time of year. I love it!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 10:03 am

  5. Wow, such beautiful vibrant colours! Love those larches.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 6, 2015 @ 3:26 am

    • The colors are getting very bright now in the higher elevations as well as in some of the stream bottoms where the cold really settles in at night.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 10:06 am

  6. Gorgeous colours, Terry. So vibrant and rich. You live in a beautiful part of the world. ๐Ÿ™‚


    Comment by Jane — October 6, 2015 @ 5:00 am

    • Yes, this is a beautiful area, especially for those who get out into the back country.

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 10:08 am

  7. Hi Terry,

    I made it up to Terrace Lake in late June. There was a nice trail and it was a very easy going hike. I was surprised at the size of the lake and then I saw the size of the cutthroats laying at the bottom of the hole where the stream comes down from the upper lake. We ran in to three groups of people while we were up there and I got the worst mosquito bites of my life. The trek to the trail head is quite a long one so I am surprised I saw the other people up there. I suppose this time of year there’s a lot of hunting activity going on around those parts. Good to have you back. Dave


    Comment by Dave — October 6, 2015 @ 5:36 pm

    • Hi Dave,

      I tried to go up there in May, forgetting that the road is closed until mid June. This trip I didn’t see a soul, although I could see boot tracks in places probably from the weekend before. I’ve heard that the lake has a long history of fishing, even before a decent trail was built. The whole west fork of Fishtrap gets quite a bit of hunting pressure in gun season, but the archers don’t seem to care for it much. Of course I hike during the week anyway to avoid the traffic.


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 6:47 pm

  8. Looked Terrace lake up on google maps and from what I can tell it must be quite a drive to get to the trailhead, but then I’m sure it was a beautiful drive!


    Comment by Ron Mangels — October 6, 2015 @ 6:59 pm

    • Hi Ron!

      It’s a ways. About 15 miles north on Thompson River Road from Hwy 200 to Forest road 519 that goes to Fishtrap Lake, the about 11 miles up 519 to the West Fork of Fishtrap Road and about 6 miles to the trail head. If you haven’t had enough dust by then I don’t know where you would get more. Sure is pretty back country though!


      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 7:15 pm

  9. Gorgeous…..


    Comment by seekraz — October 6, 2015 @ 9:21 pm

    • Hard to beat those wild places! Mother Nature’s landscapes are the best.


      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:37 am

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