Treasure County High Point Trip Report
Date: March 9, 2001
From the Colstrip Super 8 we drove south on Highway 39 for 1.2 miles to Castle Rock Road, which heads
west through a coal mining area. About 10 miles west, Castle Rock Road reaches a signed junction. The
sign pointing to the west reads "SARPY CREEK - HIWAY 384 - 16.5 MI." We went 7.1 miles that way
and parked in Rosebud County near the Treasure County line. This is open range (no fence along the
road). We studied some large bird tracks on the road, and then noticed a flock of wild turkeys a few
hundred yards west.
A north-south fence line follows the county line. We walked across grassland on the Rosebud County
side. In about 0.9 mile we crossed into Treasure County on a ridge. I spotted a coyote which made itself
scarce before Betty could see it. The country here is a mix of pines and grassland. The high point lies in
the Little Wolf Mountains.
We continued cross-country, followed an occasional cow path, and encountered some deep snow around
4000 ft which slowed the final stretch, but we reached the top before noon. Higher points are visible to
the south and east, but they are in Big Horn and Rosebud Counties. I tried out the level which John
Mitchler recently shipped to me. It wasn't really needed here, but was fun to use anyway. Hiking distance
was about 6.5 miles round-trip. We crossed a few fences, but none were posted.
Author: Jerry Brekhus