Saturday, May 21.  The North Crow Creek Falls hike is rescheduled for Saturday, May 21st. The road and lower canyon are dry now.   This is from the “Montana Waterfalls” book, and is an easy two mile hike from the trailhead. The falls are 22 Ft. high at an elevation of around 5200’. The trail continues up the canyon so it will be an as far as we feel like going hike. It is also on reservation land so tribal permits will be required.  A couple of more miles will take you to some switchbacks, where there may be snow. There may be late spring flowers like Paintbrush starting to appear. The road gets rough but most vehicles can make it. If interested, e mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or look up my number.

 

 

Sun-Mon, May 29-30 – GLACIER/ICEFLOE/MOUNTAINEER PEAKS (Missions)

Rating:  Class 3-4;  Distance:  13-16 miles round trip;  Elevation Gain: 7200-8200’

Description:  This is a make-up date from the same trip rained out in April. Will hike up to the Lucifer Lake area on Sunday morning, find a place to set up a camp, then climb one or more of these peaks.  Monday morning (Memorial Day) we can climb whatever we didn’t climb the day before, then head out again.  Tentative plan is to climb the south ridge of Icefloe Peak (Peak 9328’) and traverse to Glacier Peak (9407’).  A possibility could then be to traverse the Garden Wall for a climb of Mountaineer Peak (9261’).  Will probably bring a rope and harness, ice axe, crampons.  Tribal Recreation Permit needed as well.

Leader:  Forest Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

June 12th, 2016 spotted Dog Area, east of Deer Lodge

I decided to put this trip to do more exploring of this new WMA area off until June in hopes that the roads will be dry and it still won’t be too hot to hike around in this open, rolling hills terrain. First we will drive up the O’Neil Cr. Rd. to its end around 5500 ft. and see how far we can hike in from that end. Summits in the area are in the 5800-6400 ft. range. If there is no reasonable access we can drive to the roads coming in from Avon and hike around in that area.

Leader:  Julie Kahl,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sunday, June 19th, Dolus Lakes.  There are four alpine lakes in this cirque three miles west of Rock Creek Lake on a good trail in the Flint Creek Range. They are between7800 to 8000’ in elevation, and three are supposed to be fair fishing.  Ambitious people can also head up a steep slope another 1500’ (appx.) to Pikes Peak. We can also drive up to the head of the lake to Rock Creek Falls.If interested contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..%20%20This">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This hike would be good for most dogs.

Late July -Early August Elk Summit area

In the planning is a camping trip to the Elk Summit area south of Hwy 12 in the Lochsa Cr. area. Elk summit is on the divide between the Lochsa and Selway Rivers, and the trail head for numerous long trails down into the wilderness areas. The plan is to spend 2 nights at the campground, that is roughly 23 miles down a dirt road after you leave Hwy. 12. One day in, one day to climb something -probably Diablo Mt.- and out the next day.

Leader:  Julie Kahl,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Following is a series of trips proposed by Tim Bombaci.   “Now is the time to express your intention to participate so real  planning and personal communication can happen.  As usual, I ask that participants be reasonably competent, safe,  self-contained and self-reliant.”  [I have looked into Tim’s qualifications to lead these trips, and he is very qualified.  Alden Wright]

July 9, 10, 11 – MTB among ghost towns in Beaverhead County.  Meet in Melrose and head into the hills Eastward. A combination of car camping and possibly bike packing - negotiable. Possibly head to the Polaris side for additional locales - negotiable.  Leader:  Tim Bombaci  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July 12 – Travel to City of Rocks

July 13, 14, 15 – Climb at COR.

Meet at the Bath Rock parking lot in the Park on the evening of the 12th or morning of the 13th. Make our plan accordingly. Mountain biking is available.

July 16, 17 – Travel to put in along Big Hole river.  Put in likely at Sportsman’s Park where there is camping. If everyone puts in at the same spot, each person can have a choice of where to take out. This could be a 1, 2, 3, or 4 day float. We will need to coordinate  rigs so everyone gets a ride from each take out. I hope to do 4 days.  Leader:  Tim Bombaci  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 18, 19, 20, 21 – Float Big Hole river. Overall not many bumps =  relaxation and fishing. Farthest possible take out at Notch Bottom.  Leader:  Tim Bombaci  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tim asks that you please advise at your earliest convenience so I can plan accordingly.