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  1. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, North Willow Creek

    A few photos from a 2 nighter trip above Pony, MT a few weeks back. FS Trail 6301 to Hollow Top Lake. About 4.5 miles. Hollow Top Lake. The goal was Skytop Lake, the third in the chain, with Deep Lake in the middle. About another mile from Hollow Top Lake to Skytop. Deep Lake...
  2. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains North Meadow Creek 2015

    Another mixed use trip with a good shot of off-roading plus a couple of day hikes-both on and off trail. Location is our annual 4th of July pilgrimage to North Meadow Creek in the Tobacco Root Mountains in Madison County, MT. Trail numbers and access can be found in some of my previous North...
  3. John Goering

    North Fork Indian Creek, Tobacco Root Mountains, Montana

    This was another over-nighter my wife and I did last weekend. The destination was Oval and Triangle Lakes that sit in a bowl north of Hill Reservoir and also Bow Basin to the east of the reservoir on one of the branches of the North Fork of Indian Creek. We managed a 5:30 am exit from our...
  4. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, South Willow Creek

    Just a few photos from our day hike yesterday to Bell Lake. It is a modest 6 mile round trip with about 2,000' of elevation gain. While back in the late 60's and early 70's there was a Jeep trail all the way to Bell Lake and I did have my CJ5 up to the lake, I must profess a bit of guilt...
  5. John Goering

    Quartz Creek/Johnson Creek, Tobacco Root Mountains

    Another one night adventure, this one up Mill Creek out of Sheridan, MT that combined a little (very little in this case) Jeeping with some backpacking. We left our place about 10:00 am Saturday morning and made it to the end of the Jeep trail up Quartz Creek by lunch. The plan was to backpack...
  6. John Goering

    Tobacco Root recon run

    My wife and I took advantage of a little blue sky to make an approximately 5 hour trip to the Tobacco Roots, mainly to check snow levels. As usual, we hit Norris Road (MT 84) west from Bozeman, up 7 or 8 miles along the Madison River, to Norris. Then up Hot Springs Creek on Swayback Road (also...
  7. John Goering

    Bridger Range-Gallatin Range sortie

    While this was definitely off-road, we will put it here. I went up with one of the neighbors this morning and flew both sides of the Bridger Range and a pass along the north end of the Gallatin Range-a very enjoyable hour. Our place about 6 miles north of Bozeman and some of the brush I've been...
  8. John Goering

    Bridger Range day hike

    Saturday, my wife and I headed up the small drainage north of the house to its headwater and then looped back down the divide on the two drainages to the south. Very windy, cloudy day but 50 something degrees. The first half to 3/4 mile was on logging road but all the remainder was off-trail...
  9. Joey

    Glacier National Park: Piegan Pass, Many Glacier, Ptarmigan Tunnel, Belly River, Fifty Mountain Loop

    Here is a short report of a 5 day backpacking loop I did in Glacier National Park. Joining me was my youngest brother Andrew, who is exactly 11 years younger than me (we share the same birthday), and his best friend Sterling, who is pretty much like another brother to us. After years of...
  10. pstm13

    Glacier National Park June 2014

    Scenic Trip Through Glacier National Park in June 2014 My wife, her friend, and I drove from Idaho Falls to northern Montana and spent several days in the park. As we made our way along the Flathead River, it became apparent that the area received a large amount of rain/snow over the past few...
  11. John Goering

    A sense of place

    Or home on the range-Bridger Range that is. A random thread of photos on or from "the place". The historic stuff: great grandmother (third from right), grandmother (5th from right) and her brothers and sisters along with spouses. About 1930. All the structures still exist. 1949, taken...
  12. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, Mason Lakes

    We did this day trip several years back on a late, not too nice, October day. Access here is usually from Harrison, MT on US 287. Thence on MT 283 to Pony, MT. Pony is an old mining town and although a shell of its former self, it has never made ghost town status in my definition of that...
  13. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, the other side of North Meadow Creek

    While this trip covered some of the same ground as my previous North Meadow Creek TR (http://backcountrypost.com/forum/threads/tobacco-root-north-meadow-creek-trip.3702/), we also visited the McKelvey Lakes side. As with most trips we do here, access was via Swayback Road, up Hot Springs Creek...
  14. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, Mill Creek

    Mill Creek actually runs through the town of Sheridan, MT on its journey to the Ruby River southwest of town. Access to the upper drainage is via Mill Creek Road which becomes FS Road 111 about 4.5 miles to the east. It proceeds northeast approximately 6 miles to a developed campground at...
  15. John Goering

    Tobacco root Mountains, Wisconsin Creek

    Our most recent foray into this area was the second week of July. Like a lot of our trips, this one included some off-road Jeeping, backpacking, and hiking. Access to this area is via Sheridan, Montana on US 287. Wisconsin Creek Road (FS 157 at forest boundary) exits US 287 about 3 miles west...
  16. John Goering

    Bridger Range Flathead Pass Willys trip

    The day before we did the Roots trip (June 30), we left our place (in the rain), drove about 20 miles north to Pass Creek, over Flathead Pass, down Flathead Creek Road to MT 86. We took a diversion off 86 onto FS 74 (Fairy Lake Road) and ate lunch on Fairy Creek. The final leg was down Bridger...
  17. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains Noble Fork

    Access to this area is via Sheridan, Montana on US 287. Wisconsin Creek Road (FS 157 at forest boundary) exits US 287 about 3 miles west of Sheridan or you can take a short cut directly from town if approaching from the east. The Noble Fork Road (FS 8300) splits from FS 157 approximately 6...
  18. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Willys trip

    My wife and I met a couple from BC for a couple of days of seat time in our "antique" Jeeps. Day 2 was a Roots trip (day 1 was Bridger Range). We left our place and headed for North meadow Creek via the Revenue flats. At Sterling on Swayback Road. Sterling remains a mystery to me. I have...
  19. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains Sailor, Globe, Brannan Lakes

    As with other areas in the South Boulder River drainage, access is via the Cardwell exit on Interstate 90, and thence about 5 miles south on Montana Highway 359. County/FS Road 107 exits MT 359 at the South Boulder River bridge and proceeds past the old mining town of Mammoth and eventually...
  20. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains Curly Lake

    Curly Lake/Curly Creek is another location in the South Boulder River Drainage of the Tobacco Roots. Contrary to the dead end trails in most of this area, it is possible to traverse two different loops and thus this area is very popular with the mountain bike fraternity. The two primary access...

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