Montana Outdoors

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.

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October 9, 2010

Mt Silcox (8)

One last look around from on top, a brief stop at the lakes and a couple glances back up the trail and my posts about Mount Silcox, the Goat Lakes and Trail 478 are concluded, but the memories of the place will be with me forever.

Mt Silcox and trail 478

Goat Lakes and trail 478

Goat Lakes and trail 478

Goat Lakes and trail 478

Mt Silcox and trail 478

Mt Silcox and trail 478

Mt Silcox and trail 478

October 6, 2010

Mt Silcox (7)

Although as I hike I often look back down the trail for many different reasons, it still seems that when I finally do start the trip back to the trail head, all of the scenes have changed. The Mt Silcox trip was no different.

From Mt Silcox trail

From Mt Silcox trail

From Mt Silcox trail

From Mt Silcox trail

From Mt Silcox trail

From Mt Silcox trail

From Mt Silcox trail

October 1, 2010

Mt Silcox (6)

The photos with this post were taken from the top of Mt Silcox and I will post two more sets to complete the photo documentation of the mountain and trail 478. It is a place to which I will return.

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

From Mt Silcox

September 30, 2010

Mt Silcox (5)

Perhaps my favorite photo from Mt Silcox is this one facing east up the Clark Fork river valley.

Mt Silcox view to the east

September 29, 2010

Mt Silcox (4)

When it seems that the trail can go no farther upwards and you expect to see the top of Mt Silcox you find that the trail instead has flattened out and follows a high and very narrow ridge leading to the south: the top of the Mountain is still a half mile away. It’s a strange feeling to walk the trail, knowing that you must be at the top and yet it goes on and on, looking for all the world like a trail much lower in elevation.

Trail 478 Mt SilcoxTrail 478 as it approaches the ridge leading to the top of Mt Silcox.

Trail 478 Mt SilcoxHigh ridge trail

Trail 478 Mt SilcoxHigh ridge trail

Trail 478 Mt SilcoxHigh ridge trail

Mt SilcoxFinally, a peek over the top

Mt SilcoxThe view to the south overlooking the town of Thompson Falls.

Old lookout base Mt SilcoxThe base of the old lookout tower.

A log cabin was built on this site in 1908 which was replaced in 1923 by a 35′ steel windmill tower. In 1926 a cupola cabin was erected on the concrete base shown in the last photo. It was destroyed in 1967.

(To be continued…)

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