tobacco root mountains

  1. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, Wisconsin Creek, Mud and Sunrise Lakes

    My wife and I did this trip a couple weeks back-strictly Jeep camping and day hikes as it is getting too cold for the elderly to backpack all the cold weather gear. The first day, after driving over to Sheridan, MT from Bozeman, we parked the JK about a half mile above Leiterville on Wisconsin...
  2. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, South Fork Indian Creek-Thompson Reservoir

    My wife and I did this short backpack trip a couple weeks back and although it didn't end up exactly as planned, anytime in the sticks is good time. The goal was Thompson Reservoir on the South Fork and we accessed it via Mill Creek Road (FS 111) and FS Trail 6015. FS 6015 from Upper Branham...
  3. JimmyW

    Day trip to Rock Creek Lake - Tobacco Roots

    I guess that I've re-discovered the Tobacco Roots. I've been to the popular Lost Cabin and Louise Lakes a few times, but not for five years or so. From my home in Helena, a trip up the South Fork of the Boulder River is at least 80 miles. I decided to spend a few days before summer's end...
  4. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, Lady of the Lake/North Meadow Creek

    A few photos from the past Wednesday and Thursday. We day hiked this on the 4th of July, but a much better experience with an over-nighter. For location info, check some of my previous North Meadow Creek thrreads. My wife and the first use of the new tent (MSR Mutha Hubba NX). It was a good...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains Lost Cabin Lake

    Access to this trail head (FS 7150) is identical to that for the Louise Lake Trail. "Access to the upper reaches of the South Boulder River is via Cardwell on Interstate 90 via about 5 miles of Montana Highway 359. County/FS Road 107 exits MT 359 at the South Boulder River bridge and proceeds...
  20. John Goering

    Tobacco Root Mountains, South Meadow Creek

    This drainage is another place on our annual visit list. Access is via South Meadow Creek Road that exits US 287 at McAllister, MT (Madison County). South Meadow Creek Road becomes FS Road 1221 about a mile below the Missouri-McKee Mine or about 3 miles below South Meadow Creek Lake (largest...

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