Montana Outdoors

March 4, 2018

It’s good to see some blue above those peaks again!

Filed under: Cherry Peak roadless area, Coeur d'Alene Mountains — montucky @ 9:27 pm

Eddy Peak


June 8, 2017

Wildflowers in the Coeur d’Alenes

Here are the wildflowers (besides the Bear Grass) that I found on the June 4 hike in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains;

Low Jacob's-ladder

Low Jacob's-ladder

Low Jacob’s-ladder ~ Polemonium californicum

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort ~ Ozomelis stauropetala


Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant ~ Ribes lacustre

Canary Violet

Canary Violet ~ Viola praemorsa


Baneberry ~ Actaea rubra

Pacific Trillium

Pacific Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum (These have disappeared at the valley level and at the end of their bloom no up high)

Western Meadow-rue

Western Meadow-rue ~ Thalictrum occidentale

Roundleaf Alumroot

Roundleaf Alumroot ~ Heuchera cylindrica

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

December 13, 2015

Munson Creek waiting for winter

The mountains are in the Coeur d’Alene Mountain range, across the Clark Fork River from Munson Creek which flows out of the Cabinet Mountains.




The white color on the overhanging branches is not frost, but lichens which seem to be doing well from the moisture and unseasonally warm weather.




October 24, 2014

Fool’s hens

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse

Spruce Grouse ~ Falcipennis canadensis

On a short hike across the north-facing slope below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana the other day I came across a total of ten of these medium sized grouse whose species inhabits all of Canada and just the northernmost parts of the United States. Had I been a predator that day, I would have been well fed because they behave as their nickname implies, rather foolishly, letting me get within a few feet of them before they flew, depending to an amazing degree just on their camouflage alone. They weigh about a pound to a pound and a half and I have found them to be delicious.

October 23, 2014

Mountaintop gold

Aspens up toward Cherry Peak

Photo taken from just below Sunset Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of western Montana. In the distance just across the Clark Fork River is KooKooSint Ridge in the Cabinet Mountain range.

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