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Peak 6870, MT | April, 2017

Summit: 
W7M/BR-150

(1.2 miles, + 1,100 feet)

From I-15:  Take Exit-99 (Moose Creek) & head east up the Moose Creek Road towards the Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area.  Drive 2.9 miles up the Moose Creek Road (gravel) & park on the left side of the road near the fenced culvert that conveys flow for the drainage to the north under the road. 

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Peak 6697, MT | April, 2017

Summit: 
W7M/BR-155

(1.5 miles, + 930 feet)

From I-15:  Take Exit-99 (Moose Creek) & head east up the Moose Creek Road towards the Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area.  Drive 2.9 miles up the Moose Creek Road (gravel) & park on the left side of the road near the fenced culvert that conveys flow for the drainage to the north under the road.  It is likely best to climb directly up this drainage.  I will describe the route that I took, which is a bit more circuitous, but still quite nice.

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Peak 3976 (Tower Rock), MT | April, 2017

Summit: 
W7M/NF-125

(0.6 miles, 500 feet)

This is a short climb that is located immediately adjacent to I-15 south of Great Falls.  It was first climbed by Merriweather Lewis on July 16, 1805.  Lewis described it as follows:

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Peak 6018, MT | April, 2017

Summit: 
W7M/BE-199

(1.3 miles, 970 ft)

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Doherty Mtn., MT | March, 2017

Summit: 
W7M/HB-122

(3.6 miles, +1,650 ft, -510 ft)

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Elkhorn Peak, MT | July, 2016

Summit: 
W7M/HB-144

0.9 miles, +980 ft

From the Town of Elkhorn:

Drive up the main street to the “T” intersection.  Turn left and follow the 4wd road up until it crests out.  There is a private road that “T’s” in from the right.  Park before (to the south) of this private road.  The 4wd road is fairly rough & boney, but not too difficult, but probably not a good idea for low-clearance vehicles.  A stock 1987 4-Runner made it with few difficulties.

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Crow Peak, MT | Sept., 2014

Summit: 
W7M/HB-029

1.6 miles, +930 ft

From the Town of Elkhorn:

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Mount Baldy, MT | October, 2014

Summit: 
W7M/HB-027

2.8 miles, +1,200, -830 ft from Edith-Baldy saddle

4.8 miles, +2,600, -830 ft from TH

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Mount Edith, MT | October, 2014

Summit: 
W7M/HB-026

(2 miles, +1,400 ft)

Edith & Baldy are the two most prominent summits in the Big Belt Mountains west of Townsend.  There are some backcountry lakes north of the summits that are nice camping/fishing destinations.  The two summits can be done as a double, but Baldy is probably easier from Duck Creek Pass to the north.  The ridge between the two includes some boulder fields that, while not too difficult, make the traverse somewhat slow.

Take Hwy-12 West from Townsend for 14.8 miles

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Peak 7340, MT | August, 2016

Summit: 
W7M/FS-128

7.8 miles, +3,800 ft, -860 ft (From Silvertip TH)