take any turns but continue through Melrose, across the bridge over the Big Hole River. Head west on the gravel road approximately 7 miles where you will come to a fork in the road. Take the Canyon Creek Road on the right. Continue approx- imately 7 miles to the site of the town of Glendale. Just above the townsite, you will find the famous Charcoal Kilns, where coal was made for the silver extraction process. The kilns have been under restoration the past few years by the Forest Service.
In the summer/fall (when roads are dry) you can continue on past the town on the back coun- try by-way through the scenic Vipond Park area that eventually comes out on Hwy 43 near the small town of Dewey. From here you can either return to Dillon by turning right and traveling back to 1-15 or you can turn left and head west on Hwy 43 to Wise River and Wisdom.
Travel approximately 26 miles east to Lakeview and the Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. Visit the Refuge Visitor Center. (This is an opportunity for great wildlife viewing and photography opportunities). Ask for road conditions and directions at the visitor center to return to Dillon via the scenic Blacktail Road. Elk Lake is also near this area. Reprinted from Dillon Chamber of Commerce brochure.
Yellowstone National Park via Virginia City
Leave Dillon on Hwy 41 and travel 28 miles to Twin Bridges. In Twin Bridges turn right on Hwy 287 heading southeast 30 miles to Nevada City and Virginia City. Stop and enjoy both of these towns reminiscent of frontier days in Montana… many displays, exhibits, museums, etc.
From Virginia City, continue on Hwy 287 to Ennis, another fun town to visit with several large sculptures on display along the main street.
From Ennis, go south on Hwy 287, 41 miles to junction on Hwy 87 and Hwy 287. Continue on Hwy 287 around Hebgen Lake. Take time to stop at the Earthquake Area Visitor Center. Continue the 22 miles to the junction of Hwy 287 and Hwy 191. Turn right and go 8 miles to West Yellowstone. Stop at the Visitor Center for infor- mation concerning the Park. Reprinted from Dillon Chamber of Commerce brochure.
Whitehall Boulder Area Lost Cabin Lake Trail #150 (National Recreation Trail) Tobacco Root Mountains
The Lost Cabin Lake Trail begins at the west end of Bismark Reservoir. The trail is five miles in length, is well maintained and is on an easy grade. A few sections are steep, but they can be traveled by young persons or older individuals who are in good physical condition. The peaks surrounding the lake reach elevations above 10,000 feet. Mountain goats can often be seen on the cliffs to the south and east of the lake. Depending on snow, the trail is usually open from July 1 to the middle of October. Snow drifts on the trail may be abundant during years of late thaws.
From Interstate 90 take the Cardwell exit seven miles east of Whitehall. Take Montana Highway 359 south for approximately five miles to the South Boulder Road #107. Travel south on Road #107 for approximately 15 miles to the trail- head at Bismark Reservoir. Passenger cars can drive this road, but the last two miles are best traveled by high clearance vehicles.
Louise Lake Trail #168 (National Recreation Trail)
Louise Lake Trail offers very scenic views. This is a new trail 3.5 miles in length and replaces a shorter steeper trail that was hard to maintain and
partly located on private land. Louise Lake is a high alpine lake cradled among the 10,000-foot peaks that surround the lake. Mountain goats can often be spotted on the sheer rock faces. The trail is open from July 1 to the middle of October. Snowdrifts on the trail may be abundant during years of late thaws.
From I-90, take Cardwell exit 7 miles east of Whitehall. Take Montana Highway 359 south for approximately 5 miles to South Boulder Road #107. Travel south on Road #107 approximately 15 miles to the trailhead at Bismark Reservoir. This road can be driven by passenger cars, but the last two miles are best traveled by a high clearance vehicles.
Brownback Trail #156 Brownback Trail follows Brownback Gulch, a sce- nic narrow rocky canyon. The lower portion of the trail is mostly open country covered with grass, shrubs, and a few trees. It offers viewing of wildflowers, occasionally elk, deer, and a variety of other plants, animals, and birds. The trail is four miles long one way, and has an easy grade. The trail is open from mid May to mid November. This is a good trail to hike when the rest of the high country is still snowed in.
From Interstate 90, take the Cardwell exit seven miles east of Whitehall. Take Montana Highway 359 south for approximately five miles to South Boulder Road #107.
Travel south on Road #107 for four miles. Just past the Indiana University Geological Field sta- tion turn right on Forest road #5104 and travel one mile to the trailhead. There is parking for sev- eral cars and a horse unloading ramp. Reprinted from U.S. Forest Service pamphlet
“M” Trail The “M” that looks down on Montana Tech was constructed in 1910 by students. Since its construc- tion it has been fitted with lights so it can be seen at night. Unlike the “M”s in Missoula and Bozeman, you can actually drive up to the base of this land- mark or hike to it from the college. It does provided some excellent views of the city. To get there take the Montana St. Exit on I-90 and head north to Park Ave. Go left to Excelsior St. and turn right. Follow Excelsior to Hornet and go left to the J.F. Kennedy Elementary School on Emmet and Hornet streets. Drive up the hill past the school for about .3 miles to a dirt road which turns to the left. Follow this to the turnaround just below the “M” and park.
Humbug Spires is 26 miles south of Butte, Montana, along the west- ern foot-hills of the Highland Mountains. It was des- ignated a Primitive Area in 1972. About 8,800 acres of the 11,175-acre Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area has been recommended for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Humbug Spires is characterized by rolling hills of Douglas fir and lodgepole pines accentuat- ed by majestic granite spires. Lush meadows, dense forests and grassy flats are found through- out the area. Humbug offers many opportunities for primitive and unconfined recreation. The pri- mary uses are hiking, stream fishing, rock climb- ing, back-packing, wildlife watching, nature pho- tography, hunting, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and horseback riding.
To reach the area, take 1-15 to the Moose Creek interchange and go east about 3 miles along the creek on an improved gravel road. Park at the trail head parking lot. To reach the hiking trail, cross the foot bridge just downhill from rest room and the visitor information board. Humbug's main trail goes northeast from here along Moose Creek, passing through stands of Douglas fir trees more
than 250 years old.
After about 1.5 miles, the trail forks. Take the right fork marked by white arrows. The trail con- tinues for .3 miles up a small side drainage over a ridge, and then along the northeast fork of Moose Creek. From this drainage, numerous game trails leading in all directions are available to the adven- turous hiker. These trails provide access to the rock spires located throughout the northern part of the area. To reach the “Wedge,” one of the more prominent spires, continue 1.3 miles up the main trail along the intermittent creek. The Wedge is about a hundred yards uphill from an abandoned miner's cabin at the head of the drainage.
Given the diverse topography of the heavily timbered terrain, visitors hiking off the designated trail should have topographic maps, a compass, and drinking water. United States Geologic
R.E. Mather and F.E. Boswell describe the fatal Virginia City shooting of
Deputy Dillingham in Desperadoes”:
a Virginia City miners' court met to set-
tle a claim dispute. The courtroom was a conical tent of willows interlaced with brush, which stood on the creek bank at the foot of Wallace Street. Though the tent was barely large enough to hold judge, clerk, plaintiff, defendant, and attorneys, curious spectators followed the proceedings by peeping through gaps in the brush. As Charley Forbes (the former Ed Richardson) sat at Judge William Steele's elbow taking notes [he was clerk of the court], deputies Buck Stinson and Hayes Lyons burst through the doorway and whispered something in Charley's ear. They then hurried out- side to confront Deputy D.H. Dillingham. Charley followed a few steps behind. An argument had arisen a few days earlier when Dillingham had stated that Stinson, Lyons, and Forbes intended to rob a miner. Now as the deputies faced off a few steps from the willow tent, Lyons cursed at Diilingham and then demanded, “Take back those lies.” As hands moved toward revolver butts, Charley cried, “Don't shoot, don't shoot!” From that point on, events moved too rapidly for observers to determine exactly what happened, but in the end Dillingham lay dead with a shot in the thigh and a second in the chest. Deputy Jack Gallagher disarmed Stinson, Lyons, and Forbes and ordered them bound with logging chains and placed under guard in a cabin on Daylight Creek. But the memory of the Carson City shackles was still strong in Charley's mind, and when his turn to be chained came, he refused, declaring he would rather die first. Six guards drew on him, howeve , and he was forced to submit to the chains and padlock.
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