Montana Outdoors

June 3, 2017

A little scenery for a change

For a change from all of the flower photos that I have posted lately, here are a few scenery shots taken on today’s hike into the Coeur d’Alene Mountains on the south side of the Clark Fork River. The taller peaks are all over 7,000 feet in elevation and are inside the 57 square mile Cherry Peak Roadless Area, one of my favorite places. Access to the edge of the roadless area is a Forest Service road that can be driven for about 10 miles at which point the remainder is closed by a gate for wildlife protection but open to foot or horse traffic. These photos were taken from that road as I hiked about 4 miles up it to get a good open look at the peaks from an elevation of about 5,500 feet: the valley below is at an elevation of about 2,400 feet. This is very wild country and so you are never sure of just what you might meet or see.

Clark Fork Valley

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Eddy Creek Canyon meeting the Clark FOrk Valley

USFS Rd 7581

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

USFS Rd 7581

USFS Rd 7581

Penrose Peak

Cherry Peak

Clark Fork Valley

October 27, 2014

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

The mountains in the background are in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains.

January 5, 2014

Up toward Penrose

Up toward Penrose

Photo was taken on September 28, 2010 from USFS trail 398 to Penrose Peak (through Dee Creek) in the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana.

December 18, 2013

Miles of Clouds

Miles of Clouds

Photo taken on September 22, 2010 from Eddy Peak.

December 8, 2013

Cherry Peak

Cherry Peak Roadless Area

Cherry Peak and the other peaks in the Cherry Peak Roadless Area photographed from atop Penrose peak on July 7, 2008. The photo shows the northern part of the 57 square mile roadless area.

And along the trail just below the peak, beside a snowbank, Woodland Penstemons (Nothochelone nemorosa) in bloom.

Woodland Penstemon

May 18, 2013

Beyond the Fairy Slippers

Nearly all of my photos result from my frequent wanderings in the mountains and forests of western Montana. The wildflowers in my previous post were encountered on the way to a hike to view the peaks of the Cherry Peak roadless area, something I choose to do at least once every year. After a ten mile drive from the valley to a starting point at 5000 feet and a two mile hike from there up an old road to 6000 feet I arrive at my preferred viewing spot with an open view of the north side of the peaks. Mountains are always viewed best from high places.

Cherry Peaks

Viewing spot

USFS Road 7581

The road at 6000 feet

Wood Violets

Wood violets (Viola glabella) in bloom just below the snow level.

Clark Fork River valley

View to the northwest over the Clark Fork River.

Koo-Koo Sint Ridge

View of Koo-Koo Sint Ridge north of the river from the access road.

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