Montana Outdoors

June 15, 2017

An orchid today

Spotted Corallroot ~ Wild orchid

Spotted corallroot ~ Corallorhiza maculata ~ wild orchid

There are always beautiful things to find along the Spring Creek trail, including places on the trail itself:

On the Spring Creek Trail

July 14, 2013

Cold, cold water on a hot, hot day

Filed under: Spring Creek — Tags: , , — montucky @ 11:31 pm

This afternoon a retreat into a deep dark canyon was the best way to get away from the valley heat. Besides, I promised my friend The Pointer that I would take her for a walk. On a trail like this…

Spring Creek trail

above a stream like this.

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

And the best commentary on the feel and taste of the cold, clear water of Spring Creek:


Oh yes, and there were flowers too.

Deptford Pink

June 12, 2013

Honeysuckle, Miterwort, Twinflower and a rose with a beard…

Orange Honeysuckle

Orange Honeysuckle, Lonicera ciliosa

Smallflower Miterwort

Smallflower Miterwort, Mitella stauropetala


Twinflower, Linnaea borealis

Woods Rose

Woods Rose, Rosa woodsii

June 11, 2013

Spring Creek cascades

In the southern end of the Cabinet Mountains a small creek climbs from its confluence with a larger one, about seven miles to its source in a cold spring just below the top of Big Hole Peak. Throughout that course the water falls nearly a mile in a never ending stream of small cascades and waterfalls, some of which can be accessed from the trail that runs along it through Spring Creek Canyon. Here are just a few.

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

Spring Creek

June 27, 2010

Catching up ~ from May 28

For one who loves the outdoors, summer time in Montana provides a full schedule; so much to do and see and so many remote places in which to just be. Somehow I’ve gotten far behind in posting stuff and now will try to play catch up, knowing that as I do, things will backlog even further. Oh well…

A month ago on a very cloudy day it seemed good to walk in the high country, in the clouds and the rain. Here are a few photos spread through that ten miles of outdoor bliss.

For those who are familiar with this area, the hike was along the old logging road (Forest Service Road 5587) after the gate at the trail head to Big Hole Lookout, to the intersection with the Spring Creek Trail (Trail # 370) then along it to it’s intersection with the Munson Creek trail (Trail # 372) and then back out. I have promised myself that sometime soon I will leave a car at the Munson Creek trail head and then complete the hike from Road 5587 all of the way down Munson Creek. It will be a full day.

Road 5587Soft on the eyes, quiet underfoot

Road 5587The mystery of the canyons below

Trail 372, Munson CreekThis trail sign is very old, but in pristine condition; no vandalism 5 miles from motorized access.

From Road 5587Flirting with the ridgetops

In the cloudsPeering through a window in the clouds

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