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United States : Montana

7.4 miles (11.9 km) SSW of Melville, Sweet Grass, MT, USA
Approx. altitude: 1498 m (4914 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 46°S 70°E

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#2: South view from confluence #3: East view from confluence #4: North view from confluence #5: Absaroka-Beartooth range from ridge above confluence #6: Crazy Mountains from ridge

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#1: West view of Crazy Mountains from confluence

(visited by Dan Caplinger)

15-Oct-2001 -- On my way back from Helena after being sworn in as a licensed attorney, I decided to take a small detour on the way home. This confluence is not far from the town of Big Timber on Interstate 90, about 90 miles west of Billings and 60 miles east of Bozeman.

Going north from Big Timber on US Highway 191, just past mile marker 11, turn left on Wormser Loop Road, also known as Road 24 on Delorme's Montana Gazetteer. Go about a mile and a half. Just before the road curves sharply to the left, there is a smaller gravel road that acts as a driveway to the closest ranch to the confluence, which is on the left about a quarter mile down the driveway. This will allow you to get permission from the ranch owner and get you within half a mile of the confluence.

From there, it's a simple walk. Crossing an intervening creek might be difficult under different conditions, but October is usually dry and we've had drought conditions for some time, so it was no problem at all. The confluence is up a sometimes steep hill on the far side of the creek, but the resulting views are worth the short climb. The Crazy Mountains are easily visible to the west from the confluence itself, and the Absaroka-Beartooth range peeks through in the south view. Climbing a bit further to the ridge over the confluence point affords even better views.

This is a fairly easy confluence and worth the short detour from the interstate.


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#1: West view of Crazy Mountains from confluence
#2: South view from confluence
#3: East view from confluence
#4: North view from confluence
#5: Absaroka-Beartooth range from ridge above confluence
#6: Crazy Mountains from ridge
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