The remote Crazies are a playground for more than just humans.
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From white water to granite handholds to pine tree hangs—Leaving Montana wasn’t easy.
A few weeks into this hundred day summer road-trip and I didn’t need to read far into people’s expressions upon meeting me: it was time for a rinse.
Find the best wildflowers, dayhike, and more that this corner of Montana has to offer.
Shorts, T-shirts, and… Skis?
Meet some new furry (and feathered, and scaly) friends on these incredible trails throughout the lower 48.
Backpack past shimmering high-altitude lakes, up steep mountain ridges, and over 7,000+ foot passes in the mountains of the Selway-Bitterroot, MT.
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, Montana
The little-known Absaroka (ab-SOAR-kuh) Mountains are the largest single range in the Rockies, and they undoubtedly form the wild core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. In their northern extremities, the Absarokas manifest their grandeur as steep, rugged spires, thanks to cliff-friendly blends of granite and gneiss. There among the pinnacles you'll find all the mountain wildlife of Yellowstone (mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, wolves and bears both black and brown), but with bigger, badder scenery and far fewer people.
The Missions stand out even in northwest Montana, a region with no shortage of steep, crazed peaks. Travel in this glacially eroded landscape of dense evergreen forest, hidden lakes, tusk-like 9,000-foot summits and long, knife-edged ridgelines can be described in three simple terms: Steep. Rocky. Strenuous. Basecamping is the best plan.
Fewer than 300 miles of trail crisscross the 158,615-acre Anaconda-Pintler, but only 45 miles along the CDT qualify as busy. At this northern latitude, treeline sits around 9,000 feet, and timberline regions are like bonsai gardens writ large; an aesthetic blend of spruce, fir, and the whimsical larch. The best way to experience it? A multiday immersion trek trip.
Rugged, scenic, and lightly traveled, the Beaverheads rise above Big Hole Valley's broad meadows as a skyline full of 10,000 foot summits with alpine lakes pooling at their feet. Outside of Montana, this place would be on every hiker's tick list, but here it fades into obscurity behind Glacier and the northern Bitterroots that loom above Missoula. Explore them shoreline to summit on these two hikes.
Visit a glacier with millions of extinct grasshoppers entombed in its ice.
Climb to a wonderland of tundra, rugged peaks, and dreamy lakes.
Have rocky ridges and sparkling alpine lakes all to yourself.
Cross the Stillwater Plateau to trout-rich ponds at the foot of Montana's second highest peak.
In "Destination Nowhere" (September 2008), Mark Jenkins explores the most remote wilderness location in the continental United States–a top-secret spot in Yellowstone. See his trip photos and read an interview with Jenkins where he discusses the assignment.