Montana Outdoors

January 23, 2015

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Montana Highway 200 follows the Flathead River for the last 20 miles of the river before it flows into the Clark Fork River and in that 20 miles there is a stretch of about a half mile where a cliff used to run right up to the river. When I was a kid the old highway in that area had been constructed over a steep and winding path that went up, over and around the cliff. Later, the cliff was blasted out to allow the road to be rebuilt flat and straight, right along the bank of the river. The new cliff face now has numerous seeps from it which freeze in winter, making some attractive ice formations. The vertical lines visible in the ice in these photos are the old drill holes that were filled with explosive charges to blast the rock away. Ice has decorated the holes and in many places, water flows down through the holes and behind the ice.

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

Cliff ice along the Flathead River

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