Montana Outdoors

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

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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…)

September 28, 2010

Mt Silcox (3)

These photos were taken from trail 478 between the Goat Lakes and the top of Mt Silcox, and I will post them with only one comment, for perspective. If you look closely in the lower center part of the last photo you will see a faint, roughly horizontal line just above the trees: that is the lower part of the trail just above the Goat Lakes.

Scene from trail 478

Scene from trail 478

Scene from trail 478

Scene from trail 478

Scene from trail 478

Scene from trail 478

Scene from trail 478

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