Montana Outdoors

February 4, 2017

Mission Mountains

Filed under: Mission Mountains, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:09 am

Mission Mountains

The Mission Mountain range runs north and south for about 30 miles through western Montana. Most of it is in the 74,000 acre Mission Mountains Wilderness Area. McDonald Peak is the highest point in the range at 9,280 feet, not especially high, but an awesome sight from the low valleys. (This photo was taken from an altitude of about 2600 feet along the lower Flathead River, about 25 miles away.)

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  1. Terry:

    Awesome sight! How does the sky get so blue?

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    Comment by chad — February 4, 2017 @ 10:31 am

    • I think that when the Arctic air moves in it is so clean that there is nothing in it to reflect light so it is dark blue in the day, very black at night.

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      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2017 @ 5:41 pm

  2. Oooh! That looks so cold!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — February 4, 2017 @ 12:41 pm

  3. I like that cloud layer below the peaks.It helps to show just how high the mountains are — as if the trees didn’t provide a sense of scale.

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    Comment by shoreacres — February 4, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

    • I think those clouds are over the Mission Valley between the hills in the foreground and the mountain range. It does give some perspective.

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      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

  4. Beautiful, but I’d bet that it’s real cold up there, especially when the wind blows.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — February 4, 2017 @ 4:14 pm

    • Yes, I would think that with a wind there it would approach a hundred below wind chill when it was -6 in the valley with no wind.

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      Comment by montucky — February 4, 2017 @ 5:45 pm

      • I’ve seen 35 below twice. I can’t imagine 100 below!

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        Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — February 4, 2017 @ 5:49 pm

        • I’ve seen 33 below a few times, but don’t know what the wind chill was at those times. I did see a wind chill of 100 below once, in all places,northern Arizona at the top of the ski run on Mount Humphrey in the San Francisco Peaks. When I got on the lift the attendant said it would be the last run of the day because there was storm up top and the wind chill was 100 below. The summit elevation is 11,500 feet. There really was a storm up top and the cold was awesome. Thank Goodness for goose down!

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          Comment by montucky — February 4, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

  5. Those blues are so intense! 9,000 feet sounds pretty high to me, over twice as tall as our highest one. I expect you are getting a brilliant show of stars on these clear nights.

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    Comment by Jo Woolf — February 5, 2017 @ 8:42 am

    • Yes, the starts are brilliant. Even in summer during sunny weather the stars are bright here. We have little pollution in the air.

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      Comment by montucky — February 5, 2017 @ 1:31 pm

  6. beautiful portrait of them!

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    Comment by Tammie — February 5, 2017 @ 7:51 pm

    • I clearly remember the very same view from as far back as the mid-40’s. Always beautiful!

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      Comment by montucky — February 6, 2017 @ 8:36 pm

  7. The blanket of snow is a beautiful sight. How has that big snow storm of the last few days hit your area? I have seen a few pictures of up around Glacier and they have piles of snow.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — February 8, 2017 @ 7:25 pm

    • The huge snows didn’t extend this far to the south and west, I’m happy to say. The area around Glacier was hammered, including Marias Pass on US Highway 2 where they had 52 inches of snow in 72 hours. We are getting another 8 inches or so this afternoon and tonight and that’s about it and the temps have come back up from the sub-zero range. Now if people would stop driving as though they were in a demolition derby.

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      Comment by montucky — February 8, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

  8. Hi Montucky, Gorgeous snowy scenery. Brr. Glad you get to enjoy the beauty and glad you shared via the photo. Have a wonderful Friday tomorrow!

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    Comment by wildlifewatcher — February 9, 2017 @ 8:56 pm

  9. That’s beautiful…from afar. 85 today here.

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    Comment by Candace — February 10, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    • We have gotten into the 30’s in the daytimes, at least for awhile. After being climatized to the cold, that 85 would be very uncomfortable for me.

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      Comment by montucky — February 11, 2017 @ 9:25 am

  10. Lovely. I could admire this landscape for a long time.

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    Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2017 @ 4:21 am


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