Montana Outdoors

October 16, 2015

Big Hole trail head

Big Hole Look out trail head

You could tell that it would be a good hike!


  1. I’m surprised your finding so many fall colors this year after the rather dry summer. Nice photo.


    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 16, 2015 @ 7:57 pm

    • Despite the extreme heat this year and the drought, the cooler temperatures at altitudes above about 5500 feet in the heavily forested watershed have kept the high country in pretty good condition.


      Comment by montucky — October 16, 2015 @ 8:03 pm

  2. I’ve heard of having a hole in one’s head, but a big hole in a trail head — now that’s something else! The colors are glorious, and it certainly is inviting. The kind of weather you’ve been describing would making hiking pure pleasure, and this looks like it would be a good one.


    Comment by shoreacres — October 16, 2015 @ 7:59 pm

    • From the peak and where the look out is situated the topography drops abruptly over 500 feet into a canyon that is the head of a small creek that has high ridges all around, hence the name. It was a pretty hike.


      Comment by montucky — October 16, 2015 @ 8:06 pm

  3. yes, beautiful


    Comment by Tammie — October 16, 2015 @ 8:59 pm

    • There is something very special about the larch when they are in color.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2015 @ 8:35 pm

  4. Indeed. Beautiful. I can feel it … a perfect fall day.


    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 16, 2015 @ 9:14 pm

  5. with this weather and amazing colours it has to be a good hike!


    Comment by Traveling Rockhopper — October 17, 2015 @ 12:13 am

  6. Magnificent colours! Larches are so beautiful when they turn colour – like tongues of flame.


    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 17, 2015 @ 12:37 am

    • Some are still turning color, others are completely golden and others have already shed their needles. They have a huge impact on the forest.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2015 @ 8:41 pm

  7. Gosh, I love tamaracks in the autumn!


    Comment by WildBill — October 17, 2015 @ 5:58 am

  8. Wonderful color! Courtesy of the Lord’s amazing pallete.


    Comment by Ron Mangels — October 17, 2015 @ 6:39 am

    • It’s hard to imagine more beauty than there is in nature, isn’t it!


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

  9. The larches are beautiful this year!


    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 17, 2015 @ 7:22 am

    • They seem to be especially pretty this year, perhaps because they follow a long, very hot summer.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2015 @ 8:44 pm

  10. Yes! That looks like the perfect day for hiking:) Love those fall colours.


    Comment by Inger — October 17, 2015 @ 11:53 am

  11. The fall colors in your photo is absolutely spectacular, such a wonderful reminder of the real beauty in our world.


    Comment by Charlie@Seattle Trekker — October 17, 2015 @ 1:38 pm

    • Yes, such a simple and pure beauty; a wonderful gift.


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2015 @ 8:47 pm

  12. Not a doubt! Such beautiful colors…and not another vehicle to be found. 🙂


    Comment by seekraz — October 18, 2015 @ 8:06 am

    • We just completed three hikes in three days and never did encounter another person on the trails of the trail heads. Just the way I like it!


      Comment by montucky — October 18, 2015 @ 8:48 pm

  13. Another gorgeous shot. Autumn is such a visually beautiful and distinct season in your part of the world, Terry. We have hot summers and cool to warm winters here in Brisbane. I have a Chinese Elm in my yard though which gives me a taste of a northern hemisphere autumn as it rains down golden leaves.


    Comment by Jane — October 20, 2015 @ 5:00 am

    • It is interesting to see what Autumn is like in different places. Out forests here have few broad leaved trees, so Fall color is mostly from the Larches and low growing brush, but in the towns there are a lot of imported maples, oaks, etc. and they have a beautiful variety of colors.

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

  14. That certainly looks like a fortuitous beginning to a hike.


    Comment by Candace — October 22, 2015 @ 10:11 am

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