I’ve seen this pattern of clouds and ridges quite often along the Blueridge Parkway where, with lower elevations than the Rockies, the road is often above (or in) the clouds. Makes for a rather restful view.
Yes, the knee is doing very well! I have over 2700 miles on it now and it’s near perfect.
It’s a short hike to reach that peak, only 2.5 miles, but the climb is fairly steep, from about 5900 feet at the trail head to over 7400 feet at the top. The top mile of the trail is all made of loose rock, about the size of bricks. Good tough boots are in order!
This is a beautiful set of photos. They have the look of watercolors: particularly the first two. I do like the addition of the trees and rocks in the foreground in the last photo. It’s a nice reminder that those hazy valleys are filled with their own very specific trees and rocks.
There are huge variations of plant life and climate through the field of view in those photos. That’s something I love about Montana.
Just short of the mountain range at the horizon, and shielded from view by a low range of mountains between, is Flathead Lake which covers 192 square miles.
I make that climb at least three times each summer, and hike part of the trail when there is snow, although it’s nearly impossible to reach the peak in deep snow. I kind of hate to tell you this, but the trail head is only 17 miles from my house.
Seems like it would be a wonderful hike, all throughout the year, even with the limitations because of the snow…..and I know, absolutely know, that it’s a treasure with the trailhead being so close…. 🙂
It’s a high value area to me and I’m sure, to several others. The entire top of the mountain and the lake just below are also inside a small inventoried roadless area, so they have at least some degree of protection.
And that kind of protection is much better than none. I can tell that it’s a high-value area to you and would imagine that others share your opinion of it. You’re very fortunate to have it so near…but you already know that, too. 🙂
It’s always beautiful up there (unless dense clouds settle in and you can’t see out) and always worth the effort. The views are never the same, depending on the season and the weather conditions at the moment. Some years ago I was near the summit on a stormy day and got to watch a small thunder storm pass to the west of me below my level.