35 Photos - Oct 26, 2015
Photo: Behold - Crown Butte near Simms (west of Great Falls, 85 miles from Helena)
NOTE: This photo was taken last June.Photo: Here is the area I explored - between Cascade and Simms. I've been on Crown Butte many times, but was curious about the 4 buttes near the center of the map - Fishback, Haystack, Birdtail, and Lionhead.Photo: Crown Butte near Simms - 10 high school students, along another outdoors club adviser and I did the hike in October 2015. Here we are on south side of the Butte. I also took my dog that year - before I realized you are not supposed to take pets.Photo: October 2015Photo: Up to the top.Photo: Photo: Columnar jointing - As magma or lava cools it often shrinks, cracking into geometric columns like those shown here. October 2015Photo: This was taken soon after we hiked through the notch - The top is not so flat. October 2015Photo: Cliffs on the northeast side. October 2015Photo: Notice the layers of igneous rock.Photo: Photo: Sun River in the background (near Simms)Photo: Andriy with Square Butte in the distancePhoto: Photo: Jean enjoys a nice view of several smaller buttes (also laccoliths) from Crown Butte. Fishback Butte is where I had a bear encounter in June of 2015. See blog post on bigskywalker.com for more about that hike.Photo: Headed to the tree for lunchPhoto: Budding photographer - Lunch tree in distancePhoto: Some of the HHS Outdoors Club members in April 2015.Photo: Simple carbs for lunchPhoto: I took this photo earlier this year (June). The yellow arrow shows our route up and the red shows the route down.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On the south side, looking SWPhoto: The left edge of the photo is about where Nature Conservancy property ends and private property begins. IF you go any farther you are trespassing.Photo: This turned out to be the wrong canyon - oops.Photo: Had to go up to get around a 40-ft. drop-off.Photo: Out of the canyon - back onto the prairie.Photo: Eric wasn't very good company on the way home. :)Photo: Dad took me on this great hike, so I celebrated by rolling in a fresh cow pie moments before the 85-mile drive home. -Missy