Montana Outdoors

February 10, 2018

It’s not spring… yet

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 1:23 pm

In contrast to two days ago on a sunny ridge where the buttercups were in bloom and a temperature of 50º, this morning’s landscape looks quite different with a temperature of 11º (F) and a blanket of new snow.

Sacajawea Peak and Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Sacajawea Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains to the southwest.

Baldy Mountain

Baldy Mountain in the Cabinet Mountains to the north.

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January 29, 2018

Coeur d’Alene Mountains

Filed under: Montana — Tags: — montucky @ 3:32 pm

Coeur d'Alene Mountains in Western Montana

Coeur d'Alene Mountans in Wetern Montana

Photos were taken from the Munson Creek trail head.

June 4, 2017

Bear Grass is beginning to bloom.

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 2:13 pm

Bear Grass has just begun blooming and I encountered a small area where there were quite a few of them in full bloom. As usual, they are quite photogenic! These are growing in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains, the site of yesterday’s hike, at an altitude of about 4,500 feet.

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass

Bear Grass ~ Xerophyllum tenax

June 3, 2017

A little scenery for a change

For a change from all of the flower photos that I have posted lately, here are a few scenery shots taken on today’s hike into the Coeur d’Alene Mountains on the south side of the Clark Fork River. The taller peaks are all over 7,000 feet in elevation and are inside the 57 square mile Cherry Peak Roadless Area, one of my favorite places. Access to the edge of the roadless area is a Forest Service road that can be driven for about 10 miles at which point the remainder is closed by a gate for wildlife protection but open to foot or horse traffic. These photos were taken from that road as I hiked about 4 miles up it to get a good open look at the peaks from an elevation of about 5,500 feet: the valley below is at an elevation of about 2,400 feet. This is very wild country and so you are never sure of just what you might meet or see.

Clark Fork Valley

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Eddy Creek Canyon meeting the Clark FOrk Valley

USFS Rd 7581

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

Coeur d'Alene Mountains

USFS Rd 7581

USFS Rd 7581

Penrose Peak

Cherry Peak

Clark Fork Valley

September 12, 2016

Along the Sacajawea Peak trail

In the high country of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains the transition from Summer to Fall begins in layers. There was new snow on some of the peaks in the Cabinet Mountains this morning.

Sacajawea Peak Trail

April 17, 2016

Three seasons

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , , — montucky @ 9:02 pm

The weather here has been summer-like for the past two weeks and now if you look in the right direction you can see three of Nature’s seasons in one frame from the valley at 2400 feet to the peaks at 7000 feet. The snow-capped peaks in the distance are part of the Coeur d’Alene Mountains sitting inside the Cherry Peak roadless area just to the south of the Clark Fork River. The tall white bushes are Saskatoons in bloom, the small white flowers are Woodland Stars and the newly blooming Chickweed and, of course, the orange Arrow-leaved Balsamroot.

Three seasons

Chickweed

Chickweed

Three seasons

Woodland Star

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