Montana Outdoors

October 20, 2015

Big Hole Lookout

Big Hole Lookout

Photo taken on October 16, 2015

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  1. Gorgeous Montana..

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    Comment by Mother Hen — October 20, 2015 @ 9:30 pm

    • When the sky is clear!

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2015 @ 9:32 pm

      • I wonder what winter will bring all of us this year. The water levels in the lakes and rivers around here are very low…

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        Comment by Mother Hen — October 20, 2015 @ 9:34 pm

        • The water levels here are the lowest that I’ve ever seen. I hope for a big snow year, but with El Nino, I suspect it will be a warm and dry winter (relatively). I have been pleased though to see that the forests in the higher elevations, while dry, are not too bad. The small springs and seeps still have water flow and the trees and brush look pretty good. At the lower elevations, it is dry and brown though.

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          Comment by montucky — October 20, 2015 @ 9:41 pm

          • That’s good for the forests.. weather has been unpredictable lately.. California had so many fires and now they have flooding to contend with. All we can do is take it day by day… (:

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            Comment by Mother Hen — October 20, 2015 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Oh, wow, there it is … :))
    it looks like it might have been renovated or just the sun off its side?

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    Comment by Teresa Evangeline — October 20, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

    • It is two summers into a three summer renovation. The outside is a coat of white primer over rather extensive repairs, and the final coat will be done next summer along with a few other minor things and then it will be put into service as a rental. A couple of weeks ago I hiked on another mountain about ten miles away and the old cabin shone like a beacon with that new white paint!

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      Comment by montucky — October 20, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

  3. Nice to see the place being fixed up.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — October 20, 2015 @ 10:39 pm

    • It is. There are very few of the old cabins left. I hope this one will be respected by the motorcycle riders who now have been giver the right to use the trails near it, but I doubt that it will.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 7:36 am

  4. You get such amazing colour in your pics.

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    Comment by leggypeggy — October 21, 2015 @ 12:15 am

    • I think the clarity of the air at the higher elevations helps capture the true colors, as does the light angles that I try to use.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 7:37 am

  5. That looks exhilarating! Superb shot.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — October 21, 2015 @ 12:20 am

    • It’s always a welcome sight after a pretty good climb to get there. It’s good to see it being renovated and preserved!

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 7:39 am

  6. That would be a great place to spend a few months. I’m sure the views make the climb worthwhile.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — October 21, 2015 @ 2:55 am

    • One of my good friends manned that lookout during the summer of 1966. He hiked with me the day of the photo.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 7:40 am

  7. You answered my question. Yes, it will be a rental. Wouldn’t that be an experience? Your comment about the cabin shining like a beacon made me smile. When I first saw the photo, it was a lighthouse that came to mind, before I focused on it. There’s a reason so many lighthouses are painted white!

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    Comment by shoreacres — October 21, 2015 @ 4:59 am

    • The new paint makes a huge difference and makes it plainly stand out. I’ve been able to see it from many places far from it.
      It would be enjoyable to stay there for a few days. I’d love to do that in the middle of winter or in very stormy weather.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 7:45 am

  8. Stunning contrast and colors! Looks like a bluebird day.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — October 21, 2015 @ 5:14 am

    • No smoke in the air that day, Ron. The pack strings sure loosened up the tread of the trail.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 7:47 am

  9. Another blue sky day in Montana!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — October 21, 2015 @ 9:13 am

  10. I bet the view from there is spectacular!

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    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — October 21, 2015 @ 9:41 am

    • It is pretty good, excellent for its original purpose of visibility of a certain section of the forest. The views are better from Baldy Mountain, about 10 miles away.

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      Comment by montucky — October 21, 2015 @ 9:46 am

  11. That would be a fun place to rent. Do you mean that it would be rental by day or week or a long-term rental?

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    Comment by Candace — October 22, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    • I’m not sure how they rent those. I would guess there would be a variety, but this one won’t be ready until next summer at the earliest, maybe the following year.

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      Comment by montucky — October 22, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

  12. I could hide-away there for a couple of months…..easily….. 🙂

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    Comment by seekraz — October 23, 2015 @ 7:34 pm

    • I think that’s why so many folks are willing to volunteer to man the remaining lookouts. There’s a guy who is stationed on one near here who has been there every summer for over a decade.

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      Comment by montucky — October 24, 2015 @ 8:19 am


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