Montana Outdoors

December 12, 2017

Islands in a sea of clouds ~ Another visit to Corona Divide

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Winter — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:36 pm

Today a friend and I visited the Corona Divide one last time before the weather conditions that create these scenes subsides and found that today there were islands in the sea of clouds.

Corona Divide

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Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Wolf track in the snow

Ice crystals formed in the track of a wolf.

Corona Divide

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December 10, 2017

A visit to Corona Divide

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:38 pm

High pressure has been in place over western Montana for what has seemed like an eternity, trapping low stratus clouds and freezing fog over the Clark Fork River. Viewed from the valley, the clouds dim the light and obscure the mountain tops (and sometimes the mountains themselves) that surround it. Sometimes however, that can bring an opportunity for seeing some very pretty scenery if you can get above the clouds. On a hunch today I took a forest road for fifteen miles to the Corona Divide about three thousand feet above the valley and it turned out to be just above the low dense clouds. The following are some of the ninety photos I brought back from the Divide today.

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

December 26, 2014

Large and small

Filed under: Trees, Winter — Tags: , , , , , — montucky @ 9:11 pm

Baby fir

Very young fir

Adult Douglas Fir

Mature Douglas Fir

Baby pine

Young Ponderosa Pine

Adult Larch

Mature Larch, sleeping through the winter

(Thought I’d get these out of my system before the real snow comes later in the week.)

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!

January 11, 2014

Overlooking Corona Divide

Overlooking Corona

from USFS trail 340 in the Baldy Mountain roadless area on October 9, 2013.

December 3, 2012

Snow day

Filed under: Weather, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:22 am

It rained most of the night in our valley, but when the National Weather Service (NOAA) site read this morning; “…SNOWFALL RATES OF 2-3 INCHES AN HOUR FOR SEVERAL HOURS IS EXPECTED FROM MID MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON… SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 4500 FEET…” I took it as invitation to go see and thought Forest Service road 1025 to Corona Divide would be my best chance to get above 4,500 feet.

At 5,000 feet the footing seemed to be pretty loose for the Jeep. When I stopped, I could see that because the snow was quite wet and easily packed, my tires were actually packing it as I drove and were riding on top of about 4 inches of packed snow. Going further would best be done on foot. There was a total of about 8 inches there. A mile further at the Divide and 5,200 feet the snow depth was about 12 inches. Pretty good forecast!

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

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