Montana Outdoors

September 26, 2012

Trail 541

Filed under: Cataract roadless area, Hiking — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:56 pm

Trail 541

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September 18, 2012

Cougar Peak Lookout ~ Views

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

Southeast

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

South

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

Southwest

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

West: the tall peak about in the center is Seven Point Mountain; I hiked to it on August 30.

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

East, looking into the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless area

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

North: the tall peak with the big rock slides is Graves Peak which was my destination on that day on USFS trail 541.

July 10, 2012

Hiking the Baldy trail (1)

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Hiking — Tags: — montucky @ 10:30 pm

In the 1930’s when the Forest Service created pack trails to the peaks upon which fire lookouts were built they often encountered places where it was just too darned steep to hike straight up. When the incline exceeded a pitch of 15 to 20%, switchbacks were built to make the trail a little easier for hikers and pack stock to negotiate.

The top mile or so of USFS trail 340 to the Baldy Mountain Lookout is like that and that mile of trail contains 13 switchbacks as it climbs from about 6,400 feet to 7,464 feet. These photos were taken as the sun came up along that section of trail last Thursday morning and I have added the time of the morning at which each was taken just for the heck of it. I thought someone might find them interesting.

From USFS trail 340

5:42 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:04 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:14 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:29 AM

<From USFS trail 340

6:30 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:34 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:38 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:42 AM

From USFS trail 340

6:43 AM

Remains of fire lookout

7:08 AM. This mound of rocks at the very top was the base upon which the lookout cabin was built in about 1934.

October 21, 2011

Along the Todd Creek trail

Filed under: Autumn, Hiking — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:32 pm

Fall colors

The leaves are starting to develop their fall colors quite rapidly now. This small scene was on the hillside above the Todd Creek trail at about 5,000 feet yesterday. It will be exhilarating to try to keep up with the bursts of color!

October 14, 2011

There was a new color in the landscape today.

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area, Hiking — Tags: , — montucky @ 7:54 pm

Baldy Mountain trail 340

October 7, 2011

Hike a forest trail with me on a rainy day (2)

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

Baldy Mountain trail 340

(It was a long trail.)

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