|Running a lap on top to prove to Strava I was there|
The same evening we summitted Greathouse and Old Baldy Sara and I drove into the Judith Mountains on the north edge of Lewistown. Our initial plan was to camp and then head up Judith Peak the next morning, but as we got closer the sky closed in and a fierce rain began flying through the canyon we were driving. Our motivation for car camping quickly ebbed, especially since Sara's dry apartment was only 30 minutes away.
|Hiking in Lime Kiln Canyon|
So we drove to the top then went home.
But that's not the only story of the Judith's. When I dropped off Sara in Lewistown three weeks prior, we spent a few hours hiking in the southern end of the range. It was here that I first realized Lewistown is much more than muddy roads, cloudy skies, and allergenic crop dust blowing in the wind. There are some pretty great trails not far from town.
|Limited view from the summit|
The southern hills of the Judiths were home to the largest cattle ranch in Central Montana in the late 1800's, the DHS ranch. But in the mountains nearer to the high point of Judith Peak, gold ruled (for a short time). Today two semi-ghost towns, Maiden and Gilt Edge are reminders of the riches that were once found abundantly enough to attract settlers. There are still a few die-hards scouring for worthwhile minerals, but the main industry is limited to four hooves.
|Little black bear on the drive out|