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Judith Peak Day Drive: A Photo Story

By: Guest Blogger Heather Jones

"I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it."  -- John Steinbeck

If you're in the area and want to experience Central Montana like the locals, consider taking a beautiful mountain drive up the Judith Mountains, where the trail crests into a breathtaking view at Judith Peak.

On your way up you might notice some old abandoned houses, and structures that have been very weathered. Back in the 1880's there was Maiden,which once housed 1,200 people, and Gilt Edge which was considered a mining camp. Read more on those areas and what use to be mined. 

Continuing your journey to the top of the mountain you will start seeing spectacular views before you even reach the top. Pictured below is looking south towards the Big Snowy Mountains. They are the furthest ridge in the distance. 

Once you finally reach the top the view truly takes your breath away. The picture below shows you looking down the canyon in which you drove up. 

Directions: Head north on 191, until you reach Maiden Road about 10 miles away. Take a right, and follow the signs. The road is pavement up until the base of the mountain then it turns to gravel. You will continue on that until you reach the top of the peak. Don't worry if you are not much of a hiker (there is no hiking involved). However, if you do wish to stretch those legs there is Collar Peak Hiking Trail to your right on the way up. Once you reach the top you will be able to see what Big Sky Country is all about. 

Read more about this area in a neat article from the Billings Gazette in 2002.