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Black Butte Northeast of Lewistown – Large Sky Walker

IMPORTANT: Black Butte is surrounded by non-public land. You should have permission to hike up there!

Drawn to excessive locations.
There are a number of “Black Buttes” in Montana – This one is within the Judith Mountains northeast of Lewistown, an 8-mile drive south of the tiny city of Roy. My roots are on the Hello-Line, so I’ve pushed previous it numerous occasions on the best way forwards and backwards to Billings. I like the best way it stands alone, aside from different peaks within the Judith Mountains. One other issue that piqued my curiosity is that Black Butte is the place legendary drugs man Bull Lodge skilled the primary of seven visions. Bull Lodge (ca 1802-1886) was a religious chief, healer, and keeper of the Feathered Pipe of the Aaniih (previously referred to as Gros Ventre). From the ages of seventeen to twenty-three he skilled seven visions on seven peaks in north-central Montana from Black Butte within the Judith Mountains to Porcupine Butte within the Candy Grass Hills. The visions are chronicled within the e-book The Seven Visions of Bull Lodge by George Horse Seize. I’ve included a map of the seven places within the picture tour (see hyperlink beneath).

As soon as in a lifetime expertise; a real character-builder.
I’m again in Hays for the college 12 months (science instructor), and this previous Saturday (8/15/20) I satisfied a pair pals to climb Black Butte with me (68-mile drive south from Hays) – Rick and I’ve been pals since elementary college in Harlem, and Paul is the PE instructor at the highschool in Hays the place I train. There isn’t any path, so my plan was for us to stroll eastward from Black Butte Street after which southward, finally ascending the steep forested north slope (map included in picture tour). Though the hike was solely 5 miles round-trip, I’m not gonna lie, scrambling up that slope was very disagreeable; no path, alternating between thick pine timber and scree, and all of it on steep slopes – a troublesome mixture. As soon as we reached the summit, Paul who’s from New Zealand, commented that this may be a “oncer” – Doing this hike one time was sufficient for him. Though all of us loved our hard-earned summit time, Rick and I agreed. Undecided why Bull Lodge picked such a troublesome one for his first imaginative and prescient quest, but it surely in all probability had one thing to do together with his age – He was in his teenagers when he ascended Black Butte within the early 1800’s. (Picture Tour)

Under: This map marks hikes which have been featured on bigskywalker.com up to now, together with a number of others alongside the Rocky Mountain Entrance – Choose full display to increase, zoom in for extra element, or click on on a marker for a hyperlink to the put up.

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