Montana Outdoors

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.

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.

December 20, 2013

Seven Point Mountain

Seven Point Mountain

Hiking six miles on a rocky trail through the Cataract roadless area was a small price to pay for the privilege of standing there in total solitude. Photo taken on August 31, 2012.

July 7, 2013

From Trail 345 looking over Todd Spring

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Weeksville Divide — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:37 am

Trail 345 above Todd Spring

December 8, 2012

Christmas tree, 2012

Filed under: Winter — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:07 pm

Christmas tree 2012

Cutting a tree is a long-standing tradition in our family. When we lived in Arizona it meant a 150 mile drive up to the northern part of the state, but it’s easier here; six miles from our house. Tree permits are available from the National Forest for $5. This Douglas Fir measures at 11ft.

December 3, 2012

Snow day

Filed under: Weather, Winter — Tags: , , — montucky @ 12:22 am

It rained most of the night in our valley, but when the National Weather Service (NOAA) site read this morning; “…SNOWFALL RATES OF 2-3 INCHES AN HOUR FOR SEVERAL HOURS IS EXPECTED FROM MID MORNING THROUGH EARLY AFTERNOON… SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 4500 FEET…” I took it as invitation to go see and thought Forest Service road 1025 to Corona Divide would be my best chance to get above 4,500 feet.

At 5,000 feet the footing seemed to be pretty loose for the Jeep. When I stopped, I could see that because the snow was quite wet and easily packed, my tires were actually packing it as I drove and were riding on top of about 4 inches of packed snow. Going further would best be done on foot. There was a total of about 8 inches there. A mile further at the Divide and 5,200 feet the snow depth was about 12 inches. Pretty good forecast!

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

Corona Divide

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