Montana Outdoors

December 21, 2013

Cataract

Cataract

Photo was taken on August 24, 2012 from USFS trail 541 between Cougar Peak and Graves Peak in the Cataract roadless area looking toward the Seven Point Mountain area.

September 26, 2012

Trail 541

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Trail 541

September 22, 2012

Lake with no name

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Sometimes when Nature wants you to see something, She shines a light on it, as She did this little lake that has no name. It sits about 800 feet below Graves Peak, two miles north of the Cougar Peak Lookout.

Lake with no name

September 18, 2012

Cougar Peak Lookout ~ Views

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

Southeast

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

South

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

Southwest

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

West: the tall peak about in the center is Seven Point Mountain; I hiked to it on August 30.

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

East, looking into the Cube Iron – Silcox Roadless area

View from Cougar Peak Lookout

North: the tall peak with the big rock slides is Graves Peak which was my destination on that day on USFS trail 541.

August 4, 2011

Graves Peak (Attempt #1)

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Early in July a friend suggested a trek to a mountain peak (Graves Peak) to which neither of us had been and I thought it a great suggestion. Unfortunately, we did not make the trip as we planned, but in mid July I set out to do it alone. This is a series of photos of my effort, a very pleasant excursion even though I did not reach the peak that day. Starting from Vermillion Pass, the route would involve about three miles by mountain bike on an old logging road followed by a hike of a mile or two to the top of Graves.

Graves Peak

Graves Peak in the distance.

Vermilion Peak

Vermilion Peak, photographed from Vermilion Pass.

North of Vermilion Pass

The road north of Vermilion Pass sill had snow banks along it.

Vermilion Pass

Vermilion Pass: a little storm could be seen in the offing.

Vermilion Pass

North of Vermilion Pass

Scenery to the north of Vermilion Pass.

Logging road from Vermilion Pass

The start of the old logging road.

Logging road from Vermilion Pass

This was typical of the old road: it had not been maintained for many years and small firs have gotten a good start in reclaiming it. In other places it was necessary to push through thick growths of Alders.

Graves Peak

Graves Peak from the start of the trail.

Graves Peak trail

The turn-back point; snowed out! This would be the start of a mile or two of fairly steep trail, but with that much snow on the trail and moderately heavy rain beginning to come down, the rest of the trip was postponed for another day. (I didn’t get this darned old by being completely foolhardy!)

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