Montana Outdoors

January 7, 2014

Northeast from Silcox…

Mount Silcox

Photo was taken August 23, 2010 from USFS trail 478 from Goat Lakes to Mount Silcox in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

To the far right of the photo between some of the branches of the tree you can see a bit of the road that leads to the trail head, and a couple inches to the left of that and down a little you can see a piece of the trail crossing an open area of the mountainside.

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January 2, 2014

South from Cube Iron

South from Cube Iron Mountain

Photo was taken on August 13, 2010 from USFS trail 460 on Cube Iron Mountain in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

September 27, 2013

Mushrooms along the Mt Headley trail

These were photographed on September 10th along the Mt Headley trail in the Cube Iron/Silcox Roadless Area at elevations between 6000 and 7000 feet. It had rained heavily several days before.

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Yeah, I know, a couple don’t look very appetizing!

September 24, 2013

Mountain Goat

While seeing mountain goats is a fairly typical part of a visit to Glacier National park, sightings of wild goats in their natural wild habitat outside of the park are not that common at all and so I was pleased to catch a far distant look at one while on a recent visit to Mt Headley in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

While I was sitting at the site of the old fire lookout at the very top of the mountain enjoying the views and eating my lunch, a very tiny speck of white on another mountain about a mile and a half to the north caught my eye. The arrow in the first photo points to the exact spot. When I set my little P & S camera to maximum zoom, it caught some photos of a goat crossing the lower edge of a cliff on that mountain.

North from Mt. Headley

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

September 10, 2013

Mount Headley ~ Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area

Mount Headley

~ Just before noon today ~

December 18, 2011

Thankful for the archives

Trail to Cube Iron

For most of the past month our weather here has been rather dismal, the beauty of the autumn colors having passed and the bright snow of winter not yet in residence. It is a good time to visit the photo archives and reminisce about past journeys and scenes from along the summer trails. This photo is from the USFS trail 460 to Cube Iron Mountain in the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless area. It was not included in a series that I posted about that trip in August of 2010.

I believe that trails like this are treasures of the American West and I fervently hope that they will always be respected and preserved. The land through which they wind is part of our National Forests and therefore they belong to all of the citizens of our country no matter where they reside and all are welcome to use and enjoy them.

 

 

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