Montana Outdoors

June 29, 2013

Cool, cool water

Filed under: Idaho — Tags: , , — montucky @ 8:14 pm

The daily temperatures here are heading up into the 100’s for the next few days, and I know it’s hot also in a lot of other places now, especially in the western states of the U.S. Seems a good time to post some “cool” photos that were taken on the first of June this year of Revett Lake on the Montana/Idaho border. (Hard to believe, only a month ago.)

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake

Revett Lake is a small mountain lake that sits at an elevation of 5800 feet in the Bitterroot Mountain range just west of the Montana/Idaho border in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. From Thompson Pass, which is about 20 miles west of Thompson Falls Montana on highway 471, you can take Forest Service road 266 to its end at the trail head for the lake (about a mile and a half). From there, USFS trail 9 will lead to the lake, a mile and a half to two mile hike with a fairly easy climb in summer; not so easy in June.

June 6, 2013

Waterfall on Cascade Creek

Filed under: Waterfall — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:15 pm

Waterfall on Cascade Creek

The trail to Revett Lake crosses the stream just below this waterfall. (Photo taken on June 1, 2013)

April 1, 2013

An April visit to Thompson Pass

Filed under: Spring — Tags: , , , — montucky @ 11:09 pm

Off and on for several months I have been working pretty hard on a project. Last week I finished it and the reward I gave myself was a trip to Thompson Pass today. Thought I’d post a few photos.

A minor but beautiful little highway called 471 winds around and up for 24 miles from Thompson Falls Montana west to the Montana – Idaho border where it turns into Idaho Highway 9 and thirty or so miles later meets the concrete and asphalt disaster known as Interstate 90. It is closed during the winter because of heavy snow and not enough traffic to justify trying to plow it all winter and usually in April gets plowed out and opened again as it did last week.

Road to Thompson Pass

Start of the snow level at about 3600 feet.

At the Pass there is a large parking lot and a favorite trail head that leads to Blossom Lake, Upper Blossom Lake and Pear Lake, all along USFS trail 404. I have left a lot of tracks on that trail. There is also a USFS road that leads from there a mile up the Idaho side to the trail head for Lake Revett. I hiked that road today on snowshoes, which, by the way uses a lot more calories than simply hiking on a dirt or rock trail.

Near Thompson Pass

This road didn’t get plowed

Thompson Pass

The parking lot at the Pass

Thompson Pass

Thompson Pass

Entering the Idaho Panhandle National Forest

Blossom Lake trail head

The start of the Blossom Lake trail. The sign means what it says.

From Thompson Pass

Peeking over the edge into Idaho.

The hike itself was very pleasant but not as scenic as I would have liked:  I’ll post a few more photos later.

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