Montana Outdoors

July 4, 2018

A hike with a climate change.

Yesterday morning I left early for a hike on USFS trail 340 to the top of Mount Baldy, determined to hike no matter what the weather might be (and was prepared for most anything). Near the trail head this Indian Paintbrush was bright with the color of full bloom:

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush ~ castilleja miniata

By about 7:40 where the trail reached the first big switchback and cleared the heavy timber, I stopped to admire the first open view of the valley below. There were clouds overhead but the sky was open and bright blue over the valley and the valley floor was in full sun.

Clark Fork Valley from Mount Baldy

As I sat for a while enjoying the view of the valley and the Bitterroot Mountains about 50 miles to the south I could see heavy clouds rapidly moving in from the south and west and soon the expanse of blue sky was shrinking rapidly, the wind was picking up and the clouds overhead started dripping just a little on this Shrubby Penstemon beside the trail.

Shrubby Penstemon

Shrubby Penstemon ~ penstemon fruticosus

About an hour later as I reached the top, the sky was dark with heavy clouds, my fingers were getting numb from the cold wind and a light snow was falling.

Storm on Mount Baldy

It was time to go back down before the already slippery rocks on the top part of the trail got even more slippery and the clouds closed in completely over the trail. It was a good hike.

There is a moral to this story for those who hike on the higher mountain trails: always be prepared for all kinds of weather, even in summer, because you will probably encounter it. (Tomorrow’s forecast for the valley is a high of 92ยบ.)

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November 27, 2016

The headwaters of Hinchwood Creek.

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Head waters of Clark/Hinchwood

Photo was taken at an elevation of about 5,000 feet from the ridge east of the Hinchwood Creek drainage facing the east slope of Baldy Mountain.

November 12, 2015

Mid-November snow

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Just a little snow time

December 22, 2014

Season’s Greetings!

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 10:19 pm

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a Joyous Holiday Season and I hope that all good things will come to you and yours in the New Year!

June 9, 2014

Today on the mountain

Baldy Mountain @ 6500 feet

Sure does feel good to hike again!

November 22, 2013

For some reason…

Filed under: Baldy Mountain roadless area — Tags: — montucky @ 7:56 pm

Through the trees

In my library there are many photos of that mountain including eight that I took just the other day, but for some reason I liked this one.

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