Me on the ridge top















Humbug Spires

Saturday, April 29, 1995

As a part of my working tour of southwest Montana, this was the highlight.

On the way in, I found a cow skull along the road which I kept and later cleaned.

The trail ran along Moose Creek and undulated gently until reaching a point where the creek broke into several drainages. Taking the one that I though would lead me to the Spires, I quickly gained elevation.

I'm sure exactly what I was supposed to be looking for, and after an hour at the bottom of this drainage I turned back to get to the top of the ridges I had passed before. This is what I came to find.

Although the ridge isn't that high it offers great views. I could see a long ways in all directions into a variety of drainages. All around, and especially at the top, huge boulders piled on top of each other and next to each other made dramatic formations. It would be a great place to do some rock climbing or just bouldering.

I took some pictures of Redwood and myself at the top of the ridge.

I didn't do much hiking up high, but a interesting way to get around here would be to get to the top of the first ridge as soon as possible and then keep going up and along the ridge. It's pretty easy going since the ground itself filled with human and game trails.

Lots of good places to camp. One campsite, next to Moose Creek looks pretty popular. On the way out, I saw lots of elk droppings along the creek. Worth a return trip someday.

Backpacking in Montana











Redwood on the ridge top