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.

Here’s an update for the planned hike on the Reservation this Sunday, 10-23. We will meet at 9 A.M. at the Snowbowl shuttle parking area in lower Grant Creek. It is just north of the gas station on the north side of the interstate and to the east. You can get there on the interstate or head north on Reserve. The hike will go upstream @ 3 miles from the Buffalo Bridge to the end of a primitive road, farther if there is a trail into the canyon. Scroll down for more information, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The latest forecast on NWS for the Buffalo Bridge on Sunday is good, mostly sunny with no mention of rain. But bring raingear, lunch, and don’t forget a Tribal Permit.