Saturday, October 1.  Annual Cabin Maintenance Day.  The club maintains a small unimproved cabin on the east face of Little St. Joe above Bass Creek in the Bitterroots.  http://www.rockymountaineers.com/index.php/our-cabin  Every fall we replenish the firewood and do other maintenance on the cabin.  After the maintenance, we have a potluck barbeque at the trailhead.  This is a great opportunity to meet other club members.  The hike to the cabin is about 3 miles with 1500' of elevation gain.  Bring study gloves and tools for splitting wood.  If you can bring a chain saw, let us know.  A shovel or two would also be good.  Meet at the southwest side of the parking lot of the Brooks St. Walmart 9 am.  Leader:  Paul Jensen.  However, Paul will be unavailable from Tuesday to Saturday, so contact information will to Steve Schombel  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, October 23.  Mud Lakes on the Flathead Reservation.   These lakes lie east of Pablo. If it remains dry we should be able to drive up a logging road to @5000’. From there the trail drops about 500’, then switchbacks up a ridge high above Mud Creek Falls to the first lake. The first lake is at 5790’, the second, 6010’ and the third 6593’. The elevation gain is @ 1300’ from the low point. It’s hard to figure in all the switchbacks, but my best guess for distance one way would be between 3 and 4 miles. And there is 500’ to gain on the last part of the return trip. A black bear popped up pretty close to me while I was scouting out the roads, so be prepared for this. It would be better to have a high clearance vehicle for this road, but I’ve driven rougher ones. If it is wet up there I will substitute a hike along the river near the Sloans Bridge, or the Buffalo Bridge up to the rapids. I’m more comfortable that the area around the Sloans Bridge would be on Tribal Land. The lakes are in the Tribal Wilderness, so people will need to get a recreation permit for either one. If you want more information call Steve Schombel at 721-4686 or e mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.