Montana Outdoors

August 8, 2011

Trail 528

Filed under: Cataract roadless area, Hiking — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:14 pm

Trail 528

USFS trail 528 as it passes just below Vermilion Peak

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August 4, 2011

Graves Peak (Attempt #1)

Filed under: Hiking — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:18 pm

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!)

November 24, 2008

Vermilion Peak

Filed under: Cabinet Mountains, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:55 pm

On September 24th, the last work day for USFS trail maintenance for 2008, we completed maintenance on the trail to the top of 6682 foot Vermilion Peak in western Montana’s Cabinet Mountains. (Actually the trail to the peak is an offshoot of USFS trail 528T.) I think, despite the weather that day, which was cloudy and cold after a snowfall during the night, a few photos of the area turned out well enough to be worth posting. It’s an awesome area for wild country and wildlife.

The peak photographed from 700 feet below at Vermilion Pass:

Vermilion Peak

The site of an old Lookout at the top:

Vermilion Peak

The Cabinet Mountains to the northwest:

Cabinet Mountains from Vermilion Peak

Cabinet Mountains from Vermilion Peak

The view south over the Clark Fork River Valley:

Clark Fork Valley from Vermilion Peak

An open hillside just below the peak:

South slope of Vermilion Peak

About half way between Vermilion Peak and Highway 200, the ice cold water of Graves Creek forms this pool

Graves Creek

just before it drops to the canyon bottom.

Graves Creek

Graves Creek

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