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Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/06/2010 18:20:49 MDT Print View

the Crazies are an often looked over range that lie between Bozeman and Billing. lots of trout filled alpine lakes, lots of wildlife including a large population of mountain goats

started at the Big Timber Ck trailhead (finished there as well)

Big Timber Creek, rolling pretty good for late July


Upper Twin Lake


at Conical Peak Pass


lots of post holing to get there (again a little unusual for late July)


Glacier Lake


South Fork of Sweetgrass Ck


Moose Lake


my humble camp at Moose Lake


"it's nice going light" shot :)


jeffrey bennett

Locale: Near the bottom
Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/06/2010 18:37:50 MDT Print View

Sweet. Love the pics. Nice pic of the Ion in the UL salute. I am in the process of tricking my Ion out.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/06/2010 21:29:18 MDT Print View

Thanks for sharing a trip from up in the Crazies, Mike. It's definitely an overlooked range but a worthwhile destination. I was up there summer before last and almost headed up there for some skiing two weeks ago. Looks like I would've been happy with the snow so perhaps I'll try to find some turns up that way in September.

Nick Truax
(nicktruax) - F

Locale: SW Montana
Crazies on 08/06/2010 22:07:36 MDT Print View

They are a nice range, aren't they?

Thanks for the report and pics Mike.

/A .
(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Crazies on 08/07/2010 02:44:04 MDT Print View

Wow, there looks to be a lot more snow there than there was in the Spanish Peaks when we were there around the same time. Once we got up over 7200 ft, we didn't see another soul.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
crazies on 08/07/2010 07:29:48 MDT Print View

the Crazies were pretty desolate this trip as well- it was actually a work assignment (checking fishermen) :) , I found a few folks at Blue and Granite Lakes on the way in, but they were the last folks I saw for the rest of the trip

my wife and I are headed back that way for her birthday this month, I'll be the one doing the fishing this time! :D

Joe Cangelosi
(JoeFish) - F

Locale: All Over California
Thanks for sharing! on 08/07/2010 08:38:46 MDT Print View

Great trip and photos, Mike. Thanks for sharing!

John Penca
(johntp) - F
Crazies on 08/09/2010 20:07:16 MDT Print View

Oh Man! Spent some time in Billings in 2005 and the Crazies were on my list of places to go. Unfortunately work got in the way.

Thanks for the pics. How was the road to the trailhead? I read it can be ugly.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Crazy Mountains, Montana" on 08/09/2010 22:11:25 MDT Print View

I don't what I enjoy better Mike, your trip report, or the name of the mountains you spent your trip in, The Crazy Mountains! That's sorry, crazy. It looks like you were able to pack nice and UL on this trip, your shelter setup is my flavor. Thanks for sharing.

Edited by Eugeneius on 08/09/2010 22:11:57 MDT.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Crazy Mountains on 08/10/2010 12:49:02 MDT Print View

Legend has it that they were named after a white woman whose family was massacred by Indians and went mad. They are sometimes known as the Crazy Woman Mountains. They provide a stunning vista from I-90 between Livingston and Columbus, Montana. And as shown provide some great hiking venues.

Gabe P
(Gabe) - MLife
Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/10/2010 12:55:14 MDT Print View

Loved the trip report.. thanks for posting it!

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Crazies on 08/10/2010 13:06:58 MDT Print View

Eugene- thanks- you'll have to venture up this way some time so I can return the favor :)

Richard- that's correct- was made somewhat famous in the movie about Jeremiah Johnson

Tom Clark
(TomClark) - MLife

Locale: East Coast
Re: Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/18/2010 12:28:48 MDT Print View

Those are great, classic backpacking photos. The first two could easily be on the 2011 BPL calendar.

What do you do for a living that this was a work trip?

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Re: Re: Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/19/2010 17:50:33 MDT Print View

thanks- not much of photographer- get lucky once and again :)

game warden- get to patrol high mountain lakes occasionally (not often enough) for anglers

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: Re: Re: Crazy Mountains, Montana on 08/19/2010 18:31:02 MDT Print View

Law enforcement for your occupation is a cinch- your mustache makes Tom Sellek tremble;)

Sweet report/ pics