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I prefer to feature recent hikes on this blog, but from time to time I will post hikes that were done before I started blogging in November of 2016. Since I haven’t done anything blog-worthy over the past few weeks, this seems like a good time to tell about the day three friends and I climbed Hollowtop Mountain (10,604 ft.) in the summer of 2014. (Photo Tour)
This photo was taken several miles north of Three Forks in March of 2018.
Steep, but scenic and pleasant.
Because of its proximity to Butte, Bozeman, and Helena, Hollowtop is a fairly popular destination. It is the highest peak in the Tobacco Roots, stands over 10,000 feet tall, and is #20 on the list of most prominent peaks in the state – all traits that add to its appeal. However, the four of us (all teachers at Helena High) had the place to ourselves as we climbed it on a perfect Wednesday in mid-August of 2014. We left Helena at 6 am, drove 85 miles to the trailhead, and then relied on Peakbagging Montana to guide us to the top. The book, which was written by Cedron Jones, explains how to climb the highest peak in every range in Montana. We took Cedron’s advice, choosing the “west approach” via the South Boulder River Road, which he describes as “the steep but scenic and pleasant west face.” It was definitely “steep” – although the hike is less than 3 miles one-way, the elevation gain is 3,700 feet! It was “scenic and pleasant” too – not a lot of loose scree, very little bush-whacking, and great views. After a nice lunch on the summit, we walked over to the summit of Jefferson (10,513 ft.) before heading down. It was great day-hike with good friends. We arrived back in Helena at 6 pm.
- Photo Tour of the Hike
A great 12-hour adventure
- Interactive Topo Map of the Hollowtop Area.
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- The east-side route via the town of Pony
This looks more difficult than our “west-side route.”
- A more detailed description of our “west-side route.”
Includes driving directions to the trailhead and much more.
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