Montana Outdoors

October 6, 2015

Fall colors along the Terrace Lake trail

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:21 pm

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Photos are from a hike on October 5, 2015

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  1. Those colors are definitely worth hiking out to see.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 6, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

    • It was lucky to go on what turned out to be a perfect day for it. A northeast wind had come up that completely cleared the sky and the sun was out. I’d hike for that any day!

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 7:46 pm

      • As I discovered on my most recent trip to Glacier, my knees and ankles are making these hikes more and more of a problem.

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        Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 7, 2015 @ 9:07 am

        • I know what you mean. Since my knee replacement my legs are doing well fortunately, but just advanced age makes those steep trails more trying. In this area too, all of the trails are steep because of the lay of the land and because the trails that are maintained were originally constructed to service fire lookouts, all of which were located on mountain peaks. I wouldn’t trade this for the world though!

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          Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 9:30 am

  2. Wow, astonishingly blue sky … love the colors … we’re having a beautiful fall here … one of the nicest I recall in many years … so glad you’re getting out to enjoy yours.

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 6, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

    • I love that deep blue sky. I think it is a result of the air purity at the higher elevations. The weather here has been very good. I’m glad that you have the beautiful fall colors this year too! Friday I will be taking a very important hike for me and I hope the weather will be good for it.

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 8:40 pm

  3. Just drove through your neck of the woods. Hard to keep eyes on the road! Beautiful Montana.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 6, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

    • Exactly! Please watch the road though. You can stop for the scenery. As long as the smoke is gone, this will be a beautiful Fall.

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      Comment by montucky — October 6, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

  4. What a beautiful hike. The trails look well-maintained, and the variety of trees and plants really is pleasing. I was especially struck by that vibrant green-and-blue photo of the trees and sky. They’re not what we usually consider fall colors, but they seem so cool and crisp that they communicate autumn just as well.

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 6, 2015 @ 8:45 pm

    • That part of the forest has a sprinkling of larch for gold color but very few aspen or cottonwood. I was pleased with the health of the firs and pines and hemlock as well as the few larch. It’s a very healthy forest despite the drought that has been in place for several years now. It’s good also to see the water level in the lake and the streams that are still running up there.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:43 am

  5. So very pretty….so very inviting.

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    Comment by seekraz — October 6, 2015 @ 9:20 pm

    • It’s a very comfortable place for those who love the wild forests.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:43 am

  6. That is wonderful colors top to bottom. Nice hike for sure.

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    Comment by Boeta: RumblingOcean, Photofun blogs — October 6, 2015 @ 10:12 pm

    • There will be more gold colors before winter but the reds will fade to brown soon.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:44 am

  7. So intense! I can almost smell the pure clear air.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 7, 2015 @ 2:26 am

    • We had a terrible summer with the air filled with smoke and so a clear day like that one was wonderful!

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:46 am

      • Oh no! Why filled with smoke?

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        Comment by Jo Woolf — October 7, 2015 @ 9:13 am

        • There were huge wildfires to the west of us a few hundred miles and the prevailing winds brought the smoke into our valleys. In the state of Washington alone a thousand square miles burned Idaho also had some huge ones and to the north of us about a hundred miles Montana had a complex of fires as well. Right now we are still getting smoke but I’m not sure where it is coming from.

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          Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 9:25 am

          • Oh my goodness! I must have missed this entirely on our news. How awful – I’m sure lots of habitat has been lost. Is that from an exceptionally hot summer?

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            Comment by Jo Woolf — October 7, 2015 @ 9:28 am

            • It was a combination of a very hot summer, an extended drought and some high winds. I feel so bad for the folks in the states of California, Washington and Idaho who lost their homes. This year Montana fared better I think just because of luck.

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              Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 9:35 am

              • How dreadful. I knew nothing of this. We have had a dull, cool, wet summer. I’m guessing they’re maybe blaming it on the El Nino effect, which they were pointing at earlier this year, saying it would cause ‘something’ but they didn’t know what.

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                Comment by Jo Woolf — October 7, 2015 @ 9:40 am

  8. It looks like the larches are having a good year there. I haven’t noticed any turning here yet, but our season is just getting started.
    You’re lucky to live in such beautiful country.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 7, 2015 @ 3:14 am

    • That part of the forest seems to have done very well. There is still a lot of water in the ground up there with springs, seeps and small streams still running. And of course, it has never been disturbed.

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:47 am

  9. Spectacular, Terry! 🙂

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    Comment by Jane — October 7, 2015 @ 5:54 am

  10. I can feel the cool and smell the crisp! Thanks for taking me along on a fall day – loved it! hugs

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    Comment by Beth — October 7, 2015 @ 7:03 am

    • After the heat of the summer, the cold felt good. At the start of the hike, the foliage in stream beds w was all covered with heavy frost you could feel the cold. Interestingly, after climbing in altitude a few hundred feet it was warmer, and by half way up I put my heavy shirt in my pack and hiked very comfortably in just a t-shirt. I just love weather like that!

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      Comment by montucky — October 7, 2015 @ 8:52 am

  11. Stunning! I do wish we had fall here although, as you know, our autumns are very nice just for the fact that the heat breaks. But I’m always envious this time of year looking at your photos and those of others in such colorful places. The last several years I’ve tried to time my trips to IN to coincide with fall color but I’ve been a little too early or a little too late every time. This year I’m not going until early November so at least I won’t even think I’m going to see any leaves 🙂

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    Comment by Candace — October 8, 2015 @ 12:13 pm

    • I think no matter where you are it’s difficult any given year to predict when the prime time will be for colors. Again this year here, trees of the same species are not all turning at one time. It has been like that for several years now. Maybe its something to do with the drought? This year the red colors seem to be way ahead of the yellow and gold too.

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      Comment by montucky — October 8, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

  12. What beautiful colours. What’s the red plant on the ground, Terry?

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    Comment by Vicki — October 8, 2015 @ 5:59 pm

    • The red bushes are huckleberries, which are very closely related to blueberries. They are high on the food list for bears and grouse as well as other wildlife and very popular to use for ice cream, jelly and just to eat. Most of the small mountain town even have “huckleberry festivals” every year. The berries are delicious and they are impossible to raise domestically and therefore are quite expensive to buy. Most folks her have secret areas of the forests where they go pick the best berries.

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

      • Sound delicious. The only berries I’ve picked in the wild here are Blackberries. Every summer when young, our family together with best friends went blackberrying in our local (what was then fairly natural bush land) around our 1st home. My Mother would then make mountains of preserves and we’d have the blackberries at the base of sponge desserts for days. You can buy just about any berry in the shops now, but many are too expensive for my frugal purse these days. It’s only in recent years that red or black currants. gooseberries or similar have been grown. These are old English berry crops are very expensive as they’re picked by hand. Huckleberries I’ve read about in my US wildlife or wilderness living books.

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        Comment by Vicki — October 9, 2015 @ 11:46 pm

        • We don’t have wild blackberries in this area, but I lived for awhile on the west coast where they were plentiful and really enjoyed them. The huckleberries, because they cannot be grown commercially, are very expensive to buy too. I usually go out and pick what we need and get a good outing in the high country to go along with them.

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          Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:42 am

  13. Such beautiful colors! noticed yesterday the trees changed color around here as well. I so love this time of the year!

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    Comment by Lucy — October 10, 2015 @ 9:20 am

    • I love the fall colors to. Some of the low bushes are starting to lose their color, while most of the trees have not reached their full colors yet. Sure does brighten up the forests!

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      Comment by montucky — October 10, 2015 @ 9:43 am


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