On this day in Lewis & Clark history...
Lewis ascends the river hills to view the ranges known today as the Little Rocky, Bears Paw, Judith, and Highwood mountains. The boats are towed through the Missouri River Breaks camping near present Cow Creek.
From the journals...
May 26th Sunday 1805
The white brant ascociate in very large flocks, they do not appear to be mated or pared off as if they intended to raise their young in this quarter, I therefore doubt whether they reside here during the summer for that purpose.
Sunday 26th May 1805.
a clear pleasant morning. we Set off eairly and proceeded on with the towing line under high bluffs which make near the River on each Side & are verry Steep & barron
Breaks above the Missouri near the Judith River
Sunday May 26th 1805.
From this point I beheld the Rocky Mountains for the first time, I could only discover a few of the most elivated points above the horizon, the most remarkable of which by my pocket compass I found bore N. 65° W. being a little to the N. of the N. W. extremity of the range of broken mountains seen this morning by Capt. C. while I viewed these mountains I felt a secret pleasure in finding myself so near the head of the heretofore conceived boundless Missouri; but when I reflected on the difficulties which this snowey barrier would most probably throw in my way to the Pacific, and the sufferings and hardships of myself and party in them, it in some measure counterballanced the joy I had felt in the first moments in which I gazed on them; but as I have always held it a crime to anticipate evils I will believe it a good comfortable road untill I am compelled to beleive differently.