Montana Outdoors

October 21, 2013

Sacajawea Peak trail # 385

On Saturday I hiked on the trail to Sacajawea Peak in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains. It is not as scenic as some of our trails here, staying mostly inside the forest, but a pleasant one none-the-less and some of the Western Larch were in full color. Grouse were plentiful, there was a fair amount of bear scat on the trail and some very fresh wolf scat, probably deposited earlier in the morning (bear scat from the previous day was frozen hard, but the wolf scat was still very soft – if you’re interested in such things). The trail (USFS trail 385) is steep in places and goes through some fairly wild country: I hiked only a little over four miles of it which gave me a climb of 1700 feet and six hours on a remote trail with no one else anywhere around, which is always a good way to spend a day.

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

Along the Sacajawea trail

October 17, 2013

Fall colors along the river

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:09 pm

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors

Fall colors are beginning to show here now. These are along the river near home. The Larch higher up are just beginning to turn color.

November 18, 2011

Fall turning to winter

Filed under: Autumn, Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 3:49 pm

Fall turning to winter

October 23, 2011

A sunny fall morning

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: — montucky @ 8:15 pm

After many days of overcast and light rain, today began with a little sun to illuminate the fall colors.

Sunny Fall morning

Sunny Fall morning

November 1, 2010

Tall

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:26 pm

Western larch, autumn Western larch, autumn

Western larch, autumn Western larch, autumn

Western larch, autumn Western larch, autumn

Western larch, autumn

Western larch can grow much taller than the ones in these photos, the largest as tall as 200 feet. It is also fascinating to consider the longevity of these trees which can live as long as 700 years. It is likely that there are larch still living that were 100 feet tall when Columbus first landed on the shores of America.

October 31, 2010

A morning with the larch

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:33 pm

Despite low clouds and a constant drizzle today, my son and I spent the morning in the Cabinets just below the snow line. Even under the dull gray skies the golden needles of the western larch stood out against the green of the firs, pines, hemlocks and cedars.

Western larch

Western larch

Western larch

Western larch

Western larch

Western larch

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