Visible for 100 miles across the central Montana prairie, the Crazy Mountains include 56 mountain lakes, dozens of July snowfields, plunging waterfalls and 34 peaks between 10,000 and 11,000 feet elevation--the highest range between Helena and the Alps!
For generations, visitors have journeyed into the Crazies: hunting, camping, fishing, traveling by horseback or on foot, to walk the trails and climb these great mountains. Even before the arrival of European settlers, great leaders of the Crow Nation such as Plenty Coups, journeyed to "Awahawapiia," the Crazy Mountains, to pray for spiritual guidance. Their descendants still do today. The steep slopes, rocky soils and extremely harsh growing conditions of the Crazy Mountains are poorly suited for logging.
Traditional Uses: Hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, mountain-climbing and travel by horse or llama are the major traditional uses of the Crazy Mountains Wilderness Proposal. Members of the Crow Nation also utilize the Crazy Mountains for vision quests and religious purposes.
"I decided to go afoot to the Crazy Mountains, two long days' Journey from the village. The traveling without food or drink was good for me, and as soon as I reached the Crazies I look a sweat bath and climbed the highest peak. "
-Plenty Coups, Crow Chief
Tie Creek: 7,040 acres
Mt Rae: 4,480 acres
ParadiseFace: 54,480 acres
The Tie Creek area to the west and north of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness encompass some of Montana's most magnificent mountain landscapes, dominating the Boulder and Yellowstone River valleys. Most visitors and residents are unaware that the rugged slopes of the Absaroka Range are not protected in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Wolverine, black bear, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose and sizable elk herds utilize the rich habitat of this wild backcountry area. There is occasional use by grizzlies. Tie Creek and Mt. Rae include important elk and bighorn sheep habitat and winter range, as well as most of the winter range for moose in the north end of the Absaroka Mountains. Little Mission and Mission Creek contain spawning areas for pure strains of Yellowstone cutthroat trout.
Hunting, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, commercial outfitting and dude ranching and camping are the predominant traditional uses. The pristine backdrop of these proposed additions have been featured in five major movies filmed in the Livingston area, generating significant income for local economies.
Beartooth Face: 18,000 acres
A series of small, but magnificent areas include key migration corridors, wildlife habitat, watersheds and backcountry recreation along the east side of the Beartooth Mountains. Mystic Lake, Timberline Creek, Burnt Mountain and Wapiti-Silver Run would are included in these areas along the east face of the Beartooths.
Wildlands and trails from Mystic Lake to Wapiti are popular areas for backcountry skiing, hiking, fishing and recreation. Wapiti also provides transitional wildlife habitat connecting the recently aquired stale winter range with summer habitat on the Silver Run Plateau. Basin Lakes are popular with anglers and hikers. Wapiti Mountain also provides the municipal watershed for the community of Red Lodge. Hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing and horseback riding are the major traditional uses in these areas.
North Absaroka Additions