An Hour Out My Back Door to the Top of the World


I just love that we can leave our house in the middle of downtown Helena, drive an easy hour into the mountains northwest of town and arrive here, at this beautiful meadow below Granite Butte.    It’s a gorgeous drive, too.

Granite Butte is above Stemple Pass, right on the Continental Divide.   I also love that if I pour a glass of water out on the western side of this hilltop it will end up in the Pacific and water on the eastern end will end up in the Gulf of Mexico.   How cool is that?

We decided at 5:00 last Friday evening to go spend the night at Granite Butte.   We threw some steaks and wine in the camper and headed out, and an hour later we were camped at one of our favorite spots in the world, that truly does seem to be on top of the world.



The meadow is below the Granite Butte Lookout, which has been abandoned for many years, but I believe it’s being renovated this summer and will be available for rent through the Forest Service next summer.


The clouds off to the east started to glow as the sun went down in the west, and treated  us to a stunning show.






Not a bad way to start a summer weekend, eh?

About westerner54

Hello. I'm Cindy, and I love to hike, bike and explore the outdoors - particularly the western U.S.
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17 Responses to An Hour Out My Back Door to the Top of the World

  1. brickthomas says:

    That’s very cool!

  2. Marty says:

    Love those clouds! They give such definition to the landscapes.

  3. Gary Holmes says:

    That must be some glass of water!

  4. Shannon H. says:

    You take fantastic photos! Great eye for the shot!

  5. Melanee says:

    Just wanted to stop in and say, “thanks for visiting my blog.” Lovely photos of a lovely piece of nature.

  6. great post i feel so lucky to live in Montana 🙂

  7. Very nice, and the steaks and wine sound good too 🙂

  8. Mind Margins says:

    What a lovely evening and a lovely place to share a glass of wine and a good steak. You’re so lucky to have that only an hour from your house!

  9. juliecrombe says:

    Someday I want to see the world the way you explore it!
    Please check out my blog and let’s follow each other! 😉 xx

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