Reply to montanaguy's question, "why?" mistakenly deleted: At that time buildings (especially those not being used) and "ruins" were obliterated (with little record) in federal wilderness areas to ensure better wilderness quality. Now some structures may be preserved (great historical value), and those not preserved would at least have photos, plans, maps and historical features recorded. By 1959 only two lookouts on the Big Prairie District were still being used; Crimson was not among them. I was backpacking in the area when the district ranger burned it. I helped him take out the salvage, and got my best seasonal job ever the next summer, on his District (then Big Prairie).
Ardelion, you could be right ... I was only in the Humbug Spires once and that about 20 years ago. But I can't figure out what you mean about Maiden Rock and Canyon Creek "in the bottom there bout where the old tree is." Or "The large meadow in the midground on the hillside is the large meadow above the bowl between the bowl and I-90." I-90? That's way to the north! Anyway, I have removed the "Anaconda" from the pic title.
Looks crazy, eh!?
I have to blow these snaps up for more detail. Lovely place and a wonderful photo. Goreat job Gusev-llya.
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cjburton: real glad you enjoyed the ancient pics. I also worked (seasonally) for the USFS in the 50s and 60s in Idaho (St. Joe N.F.) and Montana (Flathead, Bitterroot and Lolo). Western Montana is still one of my favorite parts of the world and I usually make it back every year. Thanks for your nice comments.
This Butte is Known by the locals as "Strawberry Butte" The picture was taken from the turn off to the road in the picture just as you start up into the hills known buy the locals as the "Pine Hills". The road is on public lands and is open to the public. The road winds around behind Strawberry Butte to the northeast and has several sceneic views of the area from the tops of ridges of the hills behind.
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Thanks. Close to Bluebird landing, but a little to the SSW, I think.