- Jan 23, 2014
Thanks for the update Joey.The Going To The Sun Road is now open all the way through. There are nightly closures at the moment. The fire burned a large chunk of the woods along the road between the Wild Goose Island pullout and the Gunsight Pass/Jackson Glacier Overlook pullout. Almost that entire stretch is burned. Everything around Sun Rift Gorge is burned. The slopes above Rising Sun Motor Inn are burned, and so it the drainage up to Otakomi Lake. Looks like it burned right down to ST Mary's lake. The area around St Mary Falls is burned pretty bad as well.
The rumor is that the Reynolds Creek backcountry site is where the fire started, and that that area is completely burned. But the Gunsight Trailhead is not burned, and it appeared that most of the route up to Gunsight Lake avoided the fire. At least that's how it looked from driving past it.
Here are 2 shots of the valley as we drove into St Mary's a week ago. Most of this is out now.
I'll be heading down there sometime this week, so we are still good for the shuttle.Thanks for the update Joey.
The pictures are very sad to me. I know that area well. They say they probably won't have the fire totally contained until snow flies. I relieved the Gunsight areas not badly affected, although there was a ton of avalanche debris along that route that could have benefited from a burn.
Looks like it might have burned up to the previously burned Red Eagle area.
Thanks again for updates.
On a little lighter side.
Only two weeks from our Winds trip and three from our Tetons trip.
I know your heading that way soon too.
Still got you penciled in as our Teton shuttle.
Lmk if things change.
I will PM you with my phone number
To finalize details.
See ya soon
Doug and Anita
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