The best way to access the confluence is from the Owl Creek trailhead in the Swan Valley or the Lodgepole trailhead out of Ovando, Mt. Explore. Long a staple of my backcountry excursions, I held on to them for months, waiting for an adventure that warranted their graceful retirement. Soft evening light and the sound of the gentle riffles – it was an amazing experience in what might otherwise be a river corridor with roads and trophy homes, if not for the Wilderness Act of 1964. Help keep the Wilderness wild, make an impact, and enjoy a week in the Bob! Our early rifle hunts in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness are an unforgettable way to hunt elk during the bugling season. Our first camp on Danaher Creek after a long day on the horses and trail was welcomed with fire and food. This one is a prototype that we hope to bring to market in 2010. A guidebook says that, "The Bob Marshall Wilderness is 2,400 square miles of rugged, unspoiled wildness that could change your life forever." We bedded on buttercup-laced tundra. At this point, Danny simply closed his eyes and just listened. Climbing the next ridge (from where this photo was taken), we looked back and felt proud to have battled the climb, traverse, and descent with grace and humility and hardly any cursing. Price: 5-6 Day South Fork Fly Fishing Package (Wade only) $2,800 per person – 6 people $3,200 per person – 5 people $4,000 per person – … • … Being able to reliably count on fish for dinner means that you can reduce your food weight significantly. It gains volume with the contributions of the White River, Big and Little Salmon creeks, Black Bear Creek, and other small tributaries. And so, this was the context for a trip in July 2009 with a few friends. Join Free or Sign In. 2-3000 cfs on the South Fork is a good level, lower if you’re less experienced on whitewater. that will be offered exclusively through Backpacking Light … it has some neat features (notable: less than 3 oz, and very compact)… I'll post some photos and info about it next week, I'm mired in end of week administration work now! Find out what gear our guides recommend if you want lightweight gear that is durable and versatile. Ryan has a customized version of the microbivy. These fish would be collected, transported by packstock out of the wilderness, and driven by hatchery truck to Sekokini Springs Cutthroat Trout Conservation Facility in Blankenship, Montana, where they would be raised to maturity and spawned. Help keep the Wilderness wild, make an impact, and enjoy a week in the Bob! We are located on Youngs Creek, a major tributary of the South Fork of the Flathead River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Bob Marshall offers three large rivers in particular (the South Fork Flathead, the Middle Fork Flathead, and the Spotted Bear) that collectively provide more than one hundred wilderness miles of outstanding packraftable water. Having a fully inflated packraft far from any floatable river was a bit surreal, though my dry head was glad for the very slight shelter I managed to eke out. “I find it tremendously liberating,” Bosse said of packrafting. My shelter and sleep system on this trip consisted of a bivy sack and quilt and … that’s it, I suppose. These fish would be raised to maturity and spawned at the Sekokini Springs Cutthroat Trout Conservation Facility in Blankenship, Montana. the "Bob" (Great Bear too) were my old (old as in 20 years ago) stomping grounds – looks like nothing has changed much (that's a very gratifying feeling knowing that in another 20 years it will still be about the same), a Middle Fork bull trout would really give your Tenkara a work out :). In addition to fighting off these noxious weeds, you will be putting some miles … Back on a high ridge, we have been off-trail for three days at this point. So, remarkably, by the time we reached mile sixty-five on our one-hundred-plus-mile route, we had walked a paltry eight miles – and none of it uphill! BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS, Montana — As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. I can no longer imagine fishing any other way in the backcountry. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area is a Congressionally designated wilderness area located in western Montana in the United States. We hiked to the Chinese Wall, a 12-18 mile long (depending on your interpretation of where it Whenever I expected good fishing, I cut my dinner rations to two ounces of spicy potato breadcrumbs for trout cakes. I woke the next morning satisfied to have spent the night here, and the experience was one of my favorites of the summer. Click Here for Summer Pictures. On the Flathead National Forest, in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex Area, the entire South Fork Flathead River drainage, as well as the Spotted Bear River and Dean Creek drainages, are closed to entry. The Bob had delivered. Length: 7.0 miles.Trail Begins: Trailhead at end of Forest Road 4388.Trail Ends: Youngs Pass and junction with Trails 141 and 246. Finish in Fresno Reservoir for a good old fashioned fish fry. My post production workflow is based primarily on Lightroom. As my relationships with my wife and son have deepened, my eagerness to come home to them overpowers the depression that comes with a wilderness exit. And great photos, by the way. Viewing 16 posts - 1 through 16 (of 16 total), Forums are supported by our merchant partners (. Young's Creek is one of two creeks which come together in the central part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex to form the South Fork of the Flathead River. BACKPACKING LIGHT® and the FEATHER/MOUNTAIN icon are registered trademarks granted for exclusive use to Beartooth Media Group, Inc. Formally designated in 1964, the Bob Marshall Wilderness extends for 60 miles (95 km) along the Continental Divide and consists of 1,009,356 acres (4,085 km²). Finally, The Bob offers packrafting for all skill levels. I used a GoPro Wide Helmet camera to take packrafting (and fly fishing) video. http://www.parcourdewild.org/pdwblog/?p=9. In this July 24, 2014 photo, packrafters hike up Youngs Creek Pass on a packrafting trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness, in Mont. In 1964, Congress designated the Bob Marshall Wilderness. I'm thinking of becoming a bivy user. Our camp in the Amphitheater was nestled among small stands of subalpine fir. The most popular place to start a backcountry South Fork float trip is at the confluence of the Young’s and Danaher rivers. There is nothing like hearing the bugle of a bull elk echo across a mountain canyon at first light. Boats ... Confluence with Youngs Creek to Cedar Flats - • Wilderness Section • The party size is limited to 15 people per group and 35 head of stock per party. As we descend, we find ourselves bushwhacking yet again, winding our way down steep, chossy, limestone cliff bands. The number of wilderness floats in excess of twenty miles are few and far between, and generally limited to America’s three largest wilderness complexes: the Bridger-Teton (Wyoming), the Frank Church (Idaho), and the Bob Marshall (Montana). Join us on a horseback pack trip into the rugged beauty of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. Get our Handbook - the resource you need to make intelligent decisions about gear, safety, comfort, and pack weight. Gazing downstream from the mouth of Mid Creek, I was wistful about running the Meadow Creek gorge on this trip. Frustrating and painful, it highlighted those features a map leaves out. I wish to do that kind of trip one day with my daughters and keep a record of possible trips. Mossy brooks and shades of green dominate the forest here. FWP proposes to collect approximately 300 juvenile westslope cutthroat from streams within the upper Youngs Creek drainage (Powell County, Range 13W, Township 18N) in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It's floatable at some water levels by some types of small boats, like one person rafts … Thanks. But "floatable" does not mean "floatable without hard work," Packrafters hike up Youngs Creek Pass on a trip through Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. Do you use a ground sheet to protect it? ShastaBubba Adventures 366 views. .25± miles of Elk Creek, a private and intimate brown trout fishery, flowing through the property, along with an additional 1.4± miles of Elk Creek on contiguous State Land 8± miles to the expansive trail systems through 1.5± million acres of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex Minutes to the Sun River Danny and Matt begin their descent of the Continental Divide from the pass. We also cheated a little. From there we packraft through two nations in two days. Our early rifle hunts in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness are an unforgettable way to hunt elk during the bugling season. This past July, spent some time backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in NW Montana. The number of wilderness floats in excess of twenty miles are few and far between, and generally limited to America’s three largest wilderness complexes: the Bridger-Teton (Wyoming), the Frank Church (Idaho), and the Bob Marshall (Montana). © Copyright 2001-2020 BEARTOOTH MEDIA GROUP, INC. | U.S. Library of Congress Serial Registration ISSN 1537-0364 In the 1930s while working for the US Forest Service, Marshall was largely responsible for designation of large areas to be preserved as roadless within lands administered by the U.S. Forest Service; he achieved this through promulgation of various regulations. Maybe one of them spread their bedroll near here, too. Stop in Milk River, Alberta on the way through (I live on the Milk River in MT.) Thirty-six years later, The Bob Marshall Wilderness … The United States Congress designated the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area as part of the original Wilderness Act of 1964 and it now encompasses over 1.5 million acres. RATBOB runners along Youngs Creek Trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. For once, guidebook palaver understates reality. 3 Miles An Hour - A PBS Documentary Posted on 12/26/2017 Why should I pick Bob Marshall Wilderness Outfitters for my summer adventure pack trip? BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS ... Scott Bosse, left, and Chris Solomon carry their packrafts around a logjam on Youngs Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS – As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. We were ants trekking through matchsticks at the rate of three hours per mile (hpm). Youngs Creek is a creek in Flathead National Forest, Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT. Does the bottom abrade easily? Collecting water from upper Mid Creek, wondering if the mama bear was spying on me from the thick willows guarding the riverbank. The South Fork of the Flathead in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Looks like an amazing area. Your pictures are superb. We entered at Benchmark (on the South Fork Sun), exited at Silvertip (on the Spotted Bear), and had the time of our lives over a few relaxing days while making long miles in a packraft on the South Fork. This length is exciting to me, because it means that I can do a long traverse (one hundred miles or more) of The Bob with a meaningful amount of miles traveled in a packraft. Youngs Creek Trail is a trail on Youngs Creek, Jenny Creek, Cabin Creek, Delaware Creek, and Marshall Creek in Flathead National Forest, Lolo National Forest, Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT. Download the Backpacking Light Handbook to help you make intelligent decisions about gear, skills, ultralight philosophy, and reducing your pack weight. The White River, another exceptional wilderness float, flows into the South Fork on the left. Packrafting trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, entering over Pyramid Pass, down Young's Creek and South Fork of the Flathead to Twin Creek, just above Hungry Horse Reservoir. A cold and stormy day down splashy rapids sent us scampering into the woods to warm up at one point. Posted on 12/25/2017 History of the Bob Marshall Wilderness - Posted on 12/24/2017 See all Camp Journal articles Youngs Creek. The Heckmans packed us and our gear for eighteen miles to the Stadler-Hoadley divide and the crest of the Continental Divide. We specialize in Wild and Scenic Pack Trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. Through the years, I’ve found so many of the creeks and smaller rivers in "The Bob" provide excellent packrafting (at least in June and July) that I’m coming to realize it may be the premiere wilderness packrafting destination in the continental United States. I hope this essay conveys my passion for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and leaves you with a positive taste for wilderness travel. Done. The weather varied wildly throughout the trip (Montana proverb: If you don’t like the weather, give it five minutes. Fishing in the Bob Marshall Wilderness is a special experience. After four days of bushwhacking, we are relieved to be back on trail, if only to avoid the prospect of limestone cuts and sidehilling in soft shoes. BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS (AP) — As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. Once inside the Amphitheater, we shifted gears from trekking to ambling (moseying, if you will). :). I'll add it to my list of destinations. In addition to the South Fork, the Middle Fork, and the Spotted Bear, I’ve floated the White, Dearborn, North Fork Blackfoot, Young’s Creek, Danaher Creek, Gordon Creek, Big Salmon Creek, Shafer Creek, Strawberry Creek, the North and South Fork Sun (and the West Fork of the South Fork Sun), and portions of other creeks even smaller than these. Receive new Members-only content, gain access to 2,000+ articles in the archives, and become a part of the most passionate community of backpacking experts in the world. Membership Sales & Support: 406-640-HIKE (406-640-4453) |, Our Lightweight Gear Recommendations for REI Members, Backpacking Courses, Webinars & Other Events. Bob Marshall Wilderness and The South Fork Acclaimed as one of Montana’s most pristine and remote rivers, the Wild and Scenic South Fork of the Flathead River originates in the south end of the flows northward to Hungry Horse Reservoir. I use a modified ice-fishing rig or hand lines. Matt’s first time in a packraft. Let us show you the beauty of the Bob Marshall Wilderness through one of our scenic horse-back wilderness pack trips, amaze you with blue ribbon trout fishing on the incredible South Fork of the Flathead River, Big Salmon Lake, Big Salmon Creek, White River, Youngs Creek, Danaher Creek, and many off-the-beaten-path … ... Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex Regulations Flathead River Condition Reports; We camped at the junction of Danaher Creek and Youngs Creek, where the river doubles in size and becomes the South Fork of the Flathead, and where the river’s Wild and Scenic designation begins. I don’t dream a lot, but long after this trip was over, I still find myself waking up in a cold sweat thinking about this day. Here, Bridger’s horse, like us, anticipates some trail time. This facility is operated under a Special Matt found himself in a precarious spot here, noting that the security of a foothold is more illusion than reality, and that I was busier taking photos of him trying to descend than actually helping him do so. So much so, in fact, that Backpacking Light and Tenkara are partnering to develop a brand new version of the Tenkara rod designed specifically for backpackers.". It is named after Bob Marshall (1901–1939), an early forester in the federal government, conservationist, and co-founder of The Wilderness Society. Upon reaching the ridge, we experienced our first sweeping vistas of the trip. You must be logged in to reply to this topic. PACK TRIPS. I have some automation built into my imports, and they are customized for each camera/lens combination. "So much so, in fact, that Backpacking Light and Tenkara are partnering to develop a brand new version of the Tenkara rod designed specifically for backpackers.". The western slopes of the Continental Divide in northern Montana are lush well into the summer season, when much of the rest of the state starts to toast a golden brown. Exiting the Amphitheater, we were once again reminded of the power of nature’s wrath when we had to cross huge swaths of fresh spruce and fir leveled by an avalanche only a few months prior. Sleeping under this pine was my favorite, reminding me of trappers and cowboys that may have traveled through here 100 years ago. A guidebook says that, "The Bob Marshall Wilderness is 2,400 square miles of rugged, unspoiled wildness that could change your life forever." "I find it tremendously liberating," Bosse said of packrafting. In addition to fighting off these noxious weeds, you will be putting some miles in each day, so be sure you’re up for the challenge. Then we hiked up the incredible Helen Creek. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area is a Congressionally designated wilderness area located in western Montana in the United States. Yes, Wilderness has a sweet sound to it. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/montana/bob-marshall-wilderness Six Montana paddlers took a five day backpacking and packrafting trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness to float about 56 miles of the South Fork of the Flathead River in mid-July. In this July 24, 2014 photo, packrafters hike up Youngs Creek Pass on a packrafting trip through the Bob Marshall Wilderness, in Mont. Altitude varies from 5000' to 8500'. Upon reaching the Spotted Bear River, I finally came to the realization that our trip would be over soon. Sweet pictures and tantilizing glimpses of route choice consequences in the upcoming "Le Parcour de Wild". 1: Youngs Creek, from Hahn Creek to the South Fork Little did I know that my first packraft in the Bob would be the best around. July 6–9: Cabin Creek Camp: Riding/Hiking/Fishing. Outside of Alaska, options for wilderness packrafting in remote areas of the United States are limited. (AP) - As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. upper Youngs Creek drainage in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It's floatable at some water levels by some types of small boats, like one person rafts and kayaks. 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