Crown Butte Day Hike

May 20th at 1pm
Meet at the Scout office front lot to Caravan
Sunday, May 20th I will be leading a day hike to the top of Crown Butte near Simms, MT.
It is about 5 miles round trip with an elevation change of 900 feet. Crown Butte is located near Simms and is owned by the Nature Conservancy. It’s unchanged in its grassland splendor and is the same as when Lewis and Clark explored here in 1805. There are teepee rings to view on the way up and an ancient Native American eagle catch at the top. The view from the top is utterly awe-inspiring as you get a birds-eye view of the Little Belts, the Big Belts and the Front Range as well as neighboring Buttes.
May 20th is the date and we leave the Scout office at 1pm. Bring a lunch as it will be your dinner. It will take about 5 hours to complete and that will get you home before 7pm. You can tell your teachers about this awesome hike that many native Montanans have never done.
This hike will be canceled if the weather is poor. The road to the Butte is not good in wet weather. It is advisable to bring your Troop in a high clearance vehicle. I am not providing transportation so it is up to the Scoutmaster to arrange rides. We will caravan from the Scout office. Be sure to pack well and this should be discussed at a Troop meeting on what to bring and not to bring. A hiking stick is recommended.
Those that are participating will need good boots (not shoes) and a day pack with a lunch and water for a 4 to 5 hour hike. I plan for us to eat on top with a vista that you will be highly impressed by. The hike is about 5.5 miles and an elevation change of 900 feet.
Crown Butte is owned by the Nature Conversancy and is routinely checked for invasive weeds, as the top has never been grazed by livestock and is primarily the same grass as when Lewis and Clark came through in 1805. You will see ancient teepee rings and an ancient eagle catch on the top of the Butte. Crown Butte is a perfect example of a volcanic laccolith with views of the Big and Little Belts as well as the Rocky Mountain Front.
We will depart promptly at 1 pm from a front lot of the Scout Office on the 20th.
Please notify me of expected number of hikers @ or text me at 406-788-0657…
The same goes for any questions you may have.
Forrest C. LaBelle and the Lewis & Clark District Camping Committee