Montana Outdoors

May 13, 2017

Not today

Filed under: Spring — Tags: — montucky @ 8:28 pm

I knew it would look like this, but it’s always worth a try: it’s only a few miles from home, and sometimes it’s nice to see a couple of favorite trail heads while they are still under the influence of winter. Today my pack stayed in the car: I didn’t try the snow packed trails to Blossom and Pear lakes on the Montana side of the pass nor test the even deeper snow up to Revett Lake on the Idaho side. In another month… but for now winter is still only a half mile higher than the valley.

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

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  1. That’s a disappointed-looking dog there!

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    Comment by Harold Rhenisch — May 13, 2017 @ 8:47 pm

    • Yup. He and I have hiked 630 miles so far this year but he never gets enough.

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      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2017 @ 8:56 pm

  2. No Jeep! Like the unique tree with the offset. The bear moss looks similar in some ways to the spanish moss down here except that it is doesn’t hang down much.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — May 13, 2017 @ 10:22 pm

    • Gave the Jeep a rest today, knowing there would not be any off-road driving. That tree is very determined, isn’t it!

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      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2017 @ 10:58 pm

  3. Oh no-o-o-o-o-o-o!

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 13, 2017 @ 10:52 pm

    • This is why it’s hard to get to those high trails until later in the summer, and this is only at about 4,800 feet.

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      Comment by montucky — May 13, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

  4. so it’s not warm
    weather everywhere? 🙂

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    Comment by smilecalm — May 14, 2017 @ 12:05 am

    • Here we are between winter and summer. It is warm in the low elevation valleys but still cold in the high elevation mountains.

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2017 @ 7:32 am

  5. What happened to your Jeep?

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — May 14, 2017 @ 10:47 am

    • The Jeep’s fine, but for highway trips I like the gas mileage of the car (65% better than the Jeep).

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2017 @ 10:54 am

  6. Looks like this weather just doesn’t like us.. hopefully it doesn’t dump a bunch of new snow today! If so, may have to pull out the snow shoes..

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    Comment by jetlaggedinparadise — May 14, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

    • There was a trace of new snow this morning on the high mountains around the valley.

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2017 @ 2:17 pm

  7. I don’t blame you. I’ve been chest deep in snow in places like that and even when I was 18 it was hard to find any fun in it.
    Nice to have the snowpack though.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 14, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

    • I was just too lazy to take my snow shoes, but those are very steep hikes.
      Yes, we have had below average snowpacks for several years but this year we are about 20% above.

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm

  8. Still looks good to me 🙂
    As Harold says……it’s a disappointed-looking dog there. It looks very cold though.

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    Comment by Vicki — May 14, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

    • It was a little cool. There was a short snow storm while I was up there. It’s pretty normal for this time of year. You can’t hike those trails until toward the end of June.

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

  9. That 20% above snowpack sounds good, at least to my uneducated years. A nice slow melt would be nice, too. It’s really wonderful that you still have some snow — of course, that’s my perspective. We’ve already had days when it’s been impossible to be barefooted on a boat deck in the afternoon. It’s perfectly normal for this time of year, but we know what’s coming, and that snow of yours will look even better by June.

    I laughed at your dog. It must be wonderful fun to have around. He looks eager and ready for some fun. Speaking of fun — that last photo just cracked me up. Have you shown us that before? I don’t remember it, and I surely would. It’s just — funny.

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 14, 2017 @ 8:40 pm

    • I’m always happy to have a good deep snow pack this time of year. It was 32 here this morning. I usually hike in that area in late June and probably will this year too. There will still be snow banks.
      Buster has turned out to be a splendid dog! He has a huge heart, he’s very intelligent, and there is no quit in him. When I first brought him home he would chase about anything that moved. After working with him he has stopped chasing anything once it leaves the driveway and yesterday when we went out the door he came almost nose to nose with our resident cottontail and didn’t even offer to chase him.
      I did post a photo of the tree in May of 2013 as part of a sunset photo. It has changed a lot since then.

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      Comment by montucky — May 14, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

  10. Nature indeed is fantastic.Thanks and congrats.

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    Comment by nvsubbaraman — May 15, 2017 @ 8:09 am

  11. Sometimes it’s soothing to see that the paths still exist, even with snow on 🙂

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    Comment by Hanna — May 15, 2017 @ 9:20 am

    • Knowing that they are there and being able to hike on them is very important to me. One finds a perspective in the wild country that isn’t available anywhere else.

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      Comment by montucky — May 15, 2017 @ 4:07 pm

  12. Poor Buster not getting his exercise. I remember Rusti from another time you showed it.

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    Comment by Candace — May 17, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    • We returned to a lower elevation and went for a nice long hike!

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      Comment by montucky — May 17, 2017 @ 6:42 pm


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