Montana Outdoors

December 20, 2015

A little break in the weather

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Munson Creek — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:33 pm

KooKoo Sint Ridge

KooKoo Sint Ridge

KooKoo Sint Ridge

Munson Creek

Munson Creek

Munson Creek ice

Munson Creek ice

Moss icicle

Lichen icicle

Lichen icicle

Munson Creek

Munson Creek in winter

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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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April 17, 2015

A little of the Munson Creek trail (USFS Tr 372)

Today I hiked the first couple of miles of the Munson Creek trail (from about 2,400 ft elevation to about 3,400 ft elevation) to see how the winter treated it. It was in very good condition, with a sprinkling of wildflowers all along, but only of some of the early blooming species were blooming. It is a steep and rather rough trail that is well worth hiking later in the summer when the valley is hot and the trail is cool and when there are dozens of species of wildflowers in bloom (and I will return later to see them). Here are a few photos of the trail and the flower species now in bloom along that stretch.

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Arrowleaf Balsamroot ~ Balsamorhiza sagittata

Munson Creek trail

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells

Oblongleaf Bluebells, Sagebrush Bluebells ~ Mertensia oblongifolia

Hooker's Fairy Bells

Hooker’s Fairy Bells ~ Disporum hookeri

Blue Clematis

Blue Clematis ~ Clematis occidentalis

Munson Creek trail

Yellow Glacier Lily

Yellow Glacier Lily, Erythronium grandiflorum

Western White Trillium

Western White Trillium ~ Trillium Ovatum

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

Munson Creek trail

February 6, 2015

February day at Munson Creek

Filed under: Munson Creek, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:21 pm

Our unseasonably warm temperatures lately prompted me to make a quick visit to Munson Creek today and I found that all of the ice along the stream has melted, an extremely unusual condition for this time of year. Today’s high temperature was 53ºF while last year at this time the nights were down to -23ºF; quite a difference year to year! The stream water is only a little higher than usual though.

Munson Creek in Februrary

Munson Creek in Februrary

November 20, 2014

Blending of the seasons

Filed under: Autumn, Munson Creek, Winter — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 10:17 pm

Photo taken from the bottom of Munson Creek canyon, elevation 2,400 feet. In the background is Eddy peak and the lookout at its top is at 6,957 feet.

Merging of the seasons

Trail bridge ~ Munson Creek

November 14, 2014

Cold day at Munson Creek

Munson Creek

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