Crown Mountain

Augusta, Montana

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Without a doubt, this trail offers the most scenic route into the Scapegoat Wilderness. The trail begins on the eastern bank of aptly-named Whitewater Creek, and climbs inland through a loose forest of lodgepole pine as it runs southward. Openings in the trees allow spectacular views of Crown Mountain, which dominates the rugged reefs of the Front Range. The path approaches the creek bottom once more before climbing steadily into the pass that separates the Whitewater and Petty Creek drainages. After crossing this low divide, the trail turns southwest and ascends moderately along the south-facing slope of a spur ridge. The open forest here allows fantastic views of Haystack Butte, which rises like a painted obelisk above the grassy swells of the High Plains.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

Without a doubt, this trail offers the most scenic route into the Scapegoat Wilderness. The trail begins on the eastern bank of aptly-named Whitewater Creek, and climbs inland through a loose forest of lodgepole pine as it runs southward. Openings in the trees allow spectacular views of Crown Mountain, which dominates the rugged reefs of the Front Range.

The path approaches the creek bottom once more before climbing steadily into the pass that separates the Whitewater and Petty Creek drainages. After crossing this low divide, the trail turns southwest and ascends moderately along the south-facing slope of a spur ridge. The open forest here allows fantastic views of Haystack Butte, which rises like a painted obelisk above the grassy swells of the High Plains.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Augusta
Distance: 14.4
Elevation Gain: 1,930 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,310 feet
Local Contacts: Scapegoat Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Double Falls, Wood Lake, Scapegoat Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Crown Mountain

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