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Humbug Spires Wilderness Study Area

Humbug Spires
This 11,175-acre roadless area is located 26 miles south of Butte. Impressive granite outcroppings, part of the Boulder Batholith, rise 300-600 feet and provide outstanding rockclimbing opportunities, most of which range from 5.5 to 5.7 in difficulty, although routes to challenge all levels of ability are present. A three-mile (one way) trail starts at the parking area and winds along the creek through an old-growth forest, and then climbs a ridge and eventually reaches the “Wedge," one of the more prominent spires.

Activities: Hiking, rockclimbing, sightseeing, photography, horseback riding, wildlife viewing, primitive camping, and small stream fishing. Offsite developed camping is available five miles away at the Divide Bridge Campground. When hiking, carry water, a compass, and a copy of the site map found on the back of the brochure.

Facilities: Trailhead parking, restroom, kiosk information and trails

Location/Access: Take Exit 99 (Moose Creek) from I-15 and travel east about 3 miles along the creek on an improved gravel road to the trailhead parking lot.

Fees: None

Season/Hours: Open year-round when weather permits.

Maps:  Recreation area map (pdf-3.8 mb)
A Humbug Spires brochure is available from the Butte Field Office.

Butte Field Office
106 North Parkmont
Butte, MT 59701