Winter can be long when you live at over 5000 feet. There has been snow on the ground since November, temperatures when you get up to check cattle are more often than not, below zero. Such is life in the rocky mountains.
Sunrise looking out at the Anaconda Pintlars in Montana though, is always spectacular.
The Anaconda Pintlar Wilderness is known for its high, rugged, beautiful mountain scenery. Some of Montana’s greatest trout streams including Rock Creek and the Big Hole River begin from the tiny droplets coming off year round snowbanks in this almost untouched Montana wilderness of over 158,500 acres. The lush vegetation of sagebrush, willow flats, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodge pole pine, aspen, subalpine fir, white bark pine and subalpine larch are home to mountain goats, flying squirrels, deer, elk, moose, bear, mountain lions and thirteen varieties of raptors
As spring arrives in Rock Creek, the snow on our ground will melt and bring green grasses. The snowpack in the Pintlars will slowly retreat, feeding the tumbling streams well into the summer keeping our trout fishing passion alive. Then, once again Mother Nature will begin to cover this vast wilderness with her blanket of snow.
This blog is dedicated to my dad, Harvey Giles (1999), who gave up his vacation each year to take Boy Scouts on 50 mile hikes through Montana wildernesses. The Pintlars were his favorite.