Montana Outdoors

June 14, 2018

Revett Lake Part 2 ~ The lake

Following are some of the photos of the lake that were taken yesterday.

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake, located in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains of eastern Idaho is a cirque lake, which means that it was formed by glacial activity when the glaciers began to melt and recede. The grinding activity of the decaying ice carved a steep wall, sometimes a cliff, from the high ridge above and formed a circular basin below, usually about a kilometer in diameter and filled with glacier melt or now, snow melt. This one must have some pretty good flowing springs in its bottom because it supports a robust all-year stream below it.

The trail head for Revett has access from the large parking area at Thompson Pass right on the Montana/Idaho border by a mile long road just on the Idaho side. Thompson Pass can be reached by taking highway 471 from Thompson Falls Montana of from the Idaho side by the highway that goes through Murray Idaho (my Idaho map doesn’t show the number).

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June 13, 2018

Revett Lake Part 1 ~ The trail

Now that at least most of the snow is gone from the higher terrain in this neck of the woods, hiking into the back country is becoming possible. Early this morning I headed out on a hike up to Revett Lake, a cirque lake situated on the Idaho side of the Montana/Idaho border in the Pan Handle National Forest, not knowing for sure if the snow had melted down enough to make the trail passable. I was pleased to see that it had, although still for about a quarter of the way I walked on tightly packed snow banks.

While the temperature in the northwestern Montana valleys approached 80º today, when I parked the Jeep at the trail head (at around 5,000 feet elevation), the temperature was in the upper 30’s. It was a beautiful day for hiking, with a pleasant breeze and scattered clouds drifting across a deep blue sky and so (guess what?): I took a lot of pictures.

For something a little different I decided to display my account of the trip in two posts, the first being just the trail itself and the second just of the lake. These photos are in the order in which I took them as I hiked the trail, and for those who are not familiar with hiking in the high back country I hope it will give some perspective about what its like as it goes up at the start, then down to a crossing over the stream that issues from the lake, and back up to the lake; for those who regularly hike such trails it can be a sample of the scenery along this one.

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

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Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

Revett Lake trail

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

Kinnikinnik ~ Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

Prickly Currant

Prickly Currant ~ Ribes lacustre

Canary Violet

Canary Violet ~ Viola praemorsa

Baneberry

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.

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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.

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