Montana Outdoors

November 5, 2016

Cabin Lake

Yesterday a friend and I hiked to Cabin Lake, one of the many cirque lakes in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Plains/Thompson Falls District of the Lolo National Forest here in western Montana. Following are photos of the trail and, of course, the lake itself which sits at about 6,000 feet.

Cabin Lake 1

The destination, Cabin Lake

Road to the trail head 2

In several places along the road to the trail head, which follows the west fork of Thompson River, it was necessary to build retaining walls to keep the rock slides from covering the road.

Cabin Lake trail 3

At the trail head, this bridge for foot and horse traffic spans the stream that issues from the lake. It is very welcome because the stream would be very difficult to ford.

Cabin Lake trail4 4

Along the bottom part of the trail it is covered by the golden leaves of Black cottonwoods; the “Yellow brick road”.

Cabin Lake trail 5

Cabin Lake trail 6

Cabin Lake trail 7

A smaller stream which is fortunately fordable without going over the top of hiking boots crosses the trail.

Cabin Lake trail 8

The lake sits in a glacier-formed recession just above and to the right of the cliffs in the background.

Cabin Lake trail 9

Cabin Lake trail 10

Cabin Lake trail 11

Cabin Lake trail 12

From the middle part of the trail you can see the mountainside that slopes down to the trail head.

Cabin Lake trail 13

The trail tops out in a saddle, then descends down to the lake which sits just below the peak in the distance.

Cabin Lake 14

This and the remaining photos are of the lake itself.

Cabin Lake 15

Cabin Lake 16

Cabin Lake

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January 19, 2014

Off line for awhile.

Filed under: Cube Iron - Silcox roadless area — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:51 pm

Mount Headley

I will be away from the computer for awhile; don’t know how long just yet. Will try to catch up with everybody when I return! (The photo doesn’t have anything to do with it, just one of my favorite places that I love to think about.)

January 7, 2014

Northeast from Silcox…

Mount Silcox

Photo was taken August 23, 2010 from USFS trail 478 from Goat Lakes to Mount Silcox in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

To the far right of the photo between some of the branches of the tree you can see a bit of the road that leads to the trail head, and a couple inches to the left of that and down a little you can see a piece of the trail crossing an open area of the mountainside.

January 2, 2014

South from Cube Iron

South from Cube Iron Mountain

Photo was taken on August 13, 2010 from USFS trail 460 on Cube Iron Mountain in the Cube Iron/Silcox roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

September 27, 2013

Mushrooms along the Mt Headley trail

These were photographed on September 10th along the Mt Headley trail in the Cube Iron/Silcox Roadless Area at elevations between 6000 and 7000 feet. It had rained heavily several days before.

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Mushrooms along the Mt. Headley Trail

Yeah, I know, a couple don’t look very appetizing!

September 24, 2013

Mountain Goat

While seeing mountain goats is a fairly typical part of a visit to Glacier National park, sightings of wild goats in their natural wild habitat outside of the park are not that common at all and so I was pleased to catch a far distant look at one while on a recent visit to Mt Headley in the Cabinet Mountains of western Montana.

While I was sitting at the site of the old fire lookout at the very top of the mountain enjoying the views and eating my lunch, a very tiny speck of white on another mountain about a mile and a half to the north caught my eye. The arrow in the first photo points to the exact spot. When I set my little P & S camera to maximum zoom, it caught some photos of a goat crossing the lower edge of a cliff on that mountain.

North from Mt. Headley

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

Mountain goat

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