Montana Outdoors

August 5, 2016

Stony Lake Montana ~ 2016

Filed under: Stony Lake — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 8:43 pm

Wednesday was the coolest day here in a couple weeks and a friend and I finally made a quad ride up to Stony Lake that we had been planning for some time. This small cirque lake (located at an elevation of about 6000 feet) sits above the west fork of Fishtrap Creek and is the only one of the cirque lakes in this region (that I know of) that has a road up to it. Warm jackets and rain gear were in order.

To access the lake, turn north from Montana Highway 200 about four miles east of Thompson Falls onto the Thompson River Road (USFS road 56) and follow it about fifteen miles to the Fishtrap road (USFS road 516) on the left, take it nine or ten miles to the West Fork of Fishtrap road (it is plainly marked) turn left on it and follow it about four miles to USFS road 7675 which forks to the right. Follow it up to its end at the lake. It is a good rock and gravel road although rather steep in places and can be very hazardous when snow covered or icy. (I always recommend when traveling in the back country in this area to take a copy of the Lolo National Forest Plains/Thompson Falls Ranger district map along.)

I first saw the lake while elk hunting last fall when it was quite cold, the lake was nearly frozen over, and there was a little snow on the ground. (The last photo in this series, taken on November 5, 2015, will give you an idea of what it was like then.) Ever since that first trip I have been looking forward to seeing it in summer time and I was not disappointed. Following are a few photos of it now in its “green” season.

Stony Lake Montana

Stony Lake Montana

Stony Lake Montana

Stony Lake Montana

Stony Lake Montana

Stony Lake Montana

Stony Lake Montana

Pearly Everlasting

Stony Lake Montana

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October 7, 2015

Terrace Lake in October

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 12:59 pm

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake

Terrace Lake

Photos were taken on October 5, 2015

October 6, 2015

Fall colors along the Terrace Lake trail

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 7:21 pm

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Along the Terrace Lake trail

Photos are from a hike on October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015

Red and gold

Filed under: Autumn, Cabinet Mountains — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 6:23 pm

USFS

Photo taken from USFS trail 102 just above Terrace Lake, Cabinet Mountains, western Montana. It is in the headwaters of the West Fork of Fishtrap Creek in the Thompson River drainage.

December 16, 2013

Morning on McCully Ridge

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — montucky @ 4:57 pm

Morning on McCully Ridge

Photo taken on November 1, 2008.

November 3, 2013

Celebration of the Western Larch (Larix Occidentalis)

One of the grand trees of the Northwest, the Western Larch, is now showing its fall colors. I cannot help but celebrate.

Here are some photos taken in the past few days. The first eight were taken at Weeksville Creek just off the Clark Fork of the Columbia (elevation about 2450 feet) on November second, the next four at Mc Cully Ridge in the Fishtrap Creek drainage (elevation about 3300 feet) on October 31, and the last six today as I hiked up the Baldy Mountain trail (elevation, 6000 to 6500 feet). It was a little cold and snowy on the trail.

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

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Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

Western Larch

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