Montana Outdoors

September 12, 2016

Along the Sacajawea Peak trail

In the high country of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains the transition from Summer to Fall begins in layers. There was new snow on some of the peaks in the Cabinet Mountains this morning.

Sacajawea Peak Trail


  1. Hot summer here, and now, suddenly, fall and winter are at the nation’s doorstep. I read in the Flathead Beacon that Going to the Sun Road is closed due to snow at Logan pass. Mountain peaks are starting to turn white. I hope your wood pile is in good shape for the winter.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — September 12, 2016 @ 8:23 pm

    • I’m on Galveston Bay in Texas, and today the first osprey wheeled in. I always am excited to see them — they’re a sign that, even while we continue to sweat and long for autumn, it’s on the way. I heard it calling about 3 pm, and it took an hour to locate it, but I finally did. It’s such fun to watch the migrations — and amazing.


      Comment by shoreacres — September 12, 2016 @ 8:36 pm

    • We are having a brief cold front moving through but the forecast is for temps near 80 again by the weekend. The peaks east of here had a little snow during the night and tonight there is the possibility of a hard freeze in the valley. None of this is all that unusual for September here though.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2016 @ 8:40 pm

  2. Speaking of wood, is the fellow whose photo you posted a couple of years ago or so still at work? He was the one who brought the logs to you for splitting. The photo is beautiful. Even when green still predominates, the addition of the russet and reds is welcome. And I must say — it’s good to see you’ve been out and about a bit!

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    Comment by shoreacres — September 12, 2016 @ 8:32 pm

    • I’ve lost track of that old fellow and I suspect he has finally quit driving. Haven’t seen his truck on the road for a long time now.
      There are glimmers of Fall already but I suspect there will be a long Indian Summer before Fall and Winter really start.


      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2016 @ 8:44 pm

  3. Great. After an interval! Congrats and thanks.


    Comment by nvsubbaraman — September 12, 2016 @ 10:00 pm

  4. At least your image scene is a little more enjoyable than mine outside my window.

    (It’s grey, grey and more grey with continuous rain all this week – I almost feel as though it’s winter again in Melbourne. Aust.)


    Comment by Vicki — September 12, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

    • We are both in the “in-between” seasons with winter coming for me and going away for you.

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      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2016 @ 8:19 am

  5. What a gorgeous place for a hike.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — September 12, 2016 @ 11:12 pm

    • This is a very good trail but not one of my favorites except at the upper part near the peak. The fire situation still has a lot of areas where I usually hike closed off, but it won’t be long before the weather takes away the threat of fire.

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      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2016 @ 8:24 am

  6. Such a lovely glimpse.
    There is also new snow on the high mountains in the park. So pretty.
    This morning I woke to 24F, colors should coming on strong now.

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    Comment by Tammie — September 13, 2016 @ 9:24 am

    • The snow must make it very pretty up your way! We had 29 this morning too, but a warm day today.


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2016 @ 8:52 pm

  7. We’ve got little sparks of fall here and there but nothing serious just yet. They say our foliage will be colorful but brief due to the ongoing drought. I hope you have a long, colorful season. Can’t wait to see the larches!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — September 13, 2016 @ 3:07 pm

    • I’m looking forward to the Fall colors. Today was beautiful here with a touch of Fall in the air. There was steam coming off the river this morning and frost on the car windows.

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      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2016 @ 8:54 pm

  8. Beautiful photo!
    We’ve had fairly hard frosts here in the foothills of Alberta for most of this week, and the Rocky Mountains were snow white this morning when I looked west.

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    Comment by Margie — September 13, 2016 @ 4:44 pm

    • Thanks Margie! It’s a little colder there than it is here. We’ve had just one hard frost and just a little white on one of the mountain ranges. It sure is a nice break from the hot summer that we had!


      Comment by montucky — September 13, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

  9. I’m more than ready for fall – it’s been hot and humid here. Just this week we got a break and temperatures are better, humidity moved out, and the nights are cool. My kind of weather!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — September 14, 2016 @ 5:54 am

    • Our weather has done the same and I share your feeling! I love early summer and then the Indian Summer we have after the high temperatures are past and fire season is over.

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      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2016 @ 7:51 am

  10. It definitely looks pre-Fall there. Here, not so much, other than knowing it’s coming and that makes us all excited.


    Comment by Candace — September 14, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

    • Yes, I remember how nice it was there knowing that Fall was on its way and the summer heat was fading. And then a little later you will be having a wonderful winter!

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      Comment by montucky — September 14, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

  11. Beautiful trail photo. Gorgeous shadows make it looking like 3D.

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    Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2016 @ 3:37 am

  12. Thank you Matti! The interplay of the light and shadow caught my eye too.


    Comment by montucky — September 15, 2016 @ 9:24 pm

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