Help keep the Wilderness wild, make an impact, and enjoy a week in the Bob! 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. Finish in Fresno Reservoir for a good old fashioned fish fry. × Announcement: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the state of Montana has declared that mask or face covering use is required for ages five and older. Finally, The Bob offers packrafting for all skill levels. After a harrowing descent of the shown ridge (our route is a nondescript steep line just to the right of the center high point), we entered the worst bushwhacking of the trip, not making it into the Silvertip Creek valley to camp until late in the evening. It gains volume with the contributions of the White River, Big and Little Salmon creeks, Black Bear Creek, and other small tributaries. Maybe one of them spread their bedroll near here, too. In the 1930s while working for the US Forest Service, Marshall was largely responsible for designation of large areas to be preserved … 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. Hahn Creek … The South Fork of the Flathead begins deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness at the confluence of Danaher Creek and Youngs Creek. 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. And so, this was the context for a trip in July 2009 with a few friends. Bob Marshall averaged 36 miles a day during an epic hike in the northwestern Montana wilderness in 1928. Young's Creek July, 2015 Click on any image for a larger view; Contact garya at this domain if you would like the high quality image for printing . Fortunately, the weather was fine, the night was still, and the eerie pillars reminded us of the power of nature. Ryan has a customized version of the microbivy. This facility is operated under a Special That's the one with the more durable bottom. What do you think doable with two young children? My post production workflow is based primarily on Lightroom. Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Invasive Weed Suppression in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex 2020 To continue invasive weed suppression with crews of volunteers at seven locations in and around the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. ... Southfork Fishing Trip (Windfall Creek, Moose Creek, Back to Ranch) 5 Days; Chinese Wall … Fifty-two years later, on May 12, 2016, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission una… Letters to the Editor 1 … It gains volume with the contributions of the White River, Big and Little Salmon creeks, Black Bear Creek, and other small tributaries. BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS, Montana — As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. Danaher Creek is a creek in Flathead National Forest, Bob Marshall Wilderness, MT. The fire was being fueled by timber and sub-alpine fir. The terrain wasn’t difficult, by any means – we were walking on soft tundra meadows the entire time – but the magical remoteness of this place was refreshing, and we immersed ourselves in it. 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. Simply stunning Ryan. We specialize in Wild and Scenic Pack Trips in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of Montana. Entering the Amphitheater – one of my absolute favorite places on the planet. Join Free or Sign In. Dana. The euphoric high did not last long, however. Join us on a horseback pack trip into the rugged beauty of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. 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. The South Fork of the Flathead River is one of the three main forks of the Flathead River and begins at the confluence of Danaher Creek and Youngs Creek. Being in a packraft when it’s 45 degrees and raining is nothing short of pure misery and truly makes you appreciate the gift of fire. 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. Volunteers will be spraying and pulling knapweed and houndstoung in three different spots along Youngs Creek. Back on a high ridge, we have been off-trail for three days at this point. There is nothing like hearing the bugle of a bull elk echo across a mountain canyon at first light. BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS ... Scott Bosse, left, and Chris Solomon carry their packrafts around a logjam on Youngs Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. ), so I chose my campsites carefully. Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex was designated in 1964 by congress. 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 – … Rick has found the best rivers and tributary streams away from the crowds. And great photos, by the way. 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. Regarding the new Tenkara Rod, it's a new model (their lightest yet!) Thank you for the inspiration. “I find it tremendously liberating,” Bosse said of packrafting. sweet trip, and thanks for sharing your passion for the Bob. This was to be my final trip with my last remaining pair of Montrail Vitesse shoes. As we descended a small creek canyon towards the Spotted Bear River, we discovered this fascinating crime scene, which would occupy our detective skills and storytelling prowess for the next several miles. Collecting water from upper Mid Creek, wondering if the mama bear was spying on me from the thick willows guarding the riverbank. 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. 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. 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. This past July, spent some time backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area in NW Montana. Frustrating and painful, it highlighted those features a map leaves out. I use a modified ice-fishing rig or hand lines. This year (2009) is one where my intimacy with this wilderness will grow dramatically. Matt’s first time in a packraft. On a recent trek 24 miles into the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana, he was relaxing along the banks of a creek, when out of nowhere a pack-rafter floated by. Thirty-six years later, The Bob Marshall Wilderness … I am so looking forward to the trek of my dreams starting at Gibson reservoir at the southern end of the Bob and then walking the CDT (for the most part) to the beginning of the milk river (St Mary's Drainage) on the east side of Glacier Park. I'll add it to my list of destinations. The South Fork of the Flathead begins deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness at the confluence of Danaher Creek and Youngs Creek. What was your photo kit, both pre- and post-production? BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS (AP) — As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. "I find it tremendously liberating," Bosse said of packrafting. Thanks for the subtle beta Ryan. The Bob had delivered. ... Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex Regulations Flathead River Condition Reports; For 5-7 days you'll be a part of the quiet remoteness of the most scenic country there is. Click Here for Summer Pictures. by Ryan Jordan on September 22, 2009 Photo Essays. 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. 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.". I woke the next morning satisfied to have spent the night here, and the experience was one of my favorites of the summer. BRETT FRENCH/Billings Gazette The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex contains incredible remote rivers, creek and streams providing world-class blue ribbon fishing for strong wild cutthroats and native bull trout with some pushing 30 inches (Permit required. Matt surveys the lower elevations – thick forests that we will be forced to reenter that afternoon as we plan our exit from the wilderness. Once we broke out of the deadfall, the slopes steepened, but our spirits rose. As we descend, we find ourselves bushwhacking yet again, winding our way down steep, chossy, limestone cliff bands. Ryan, I've got a gear-related question for you if you have a minute. Youngs Creek Westslope Cutthroat Trout Broodstock Project . 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. This was my first long backcountry trip where I relied exclusively on a Tenkara rod (read the review here). The trout fishing on the South Fork Flathead is spectacular. Breaded trout cooked over the Zia Titanium Grill. Home › Forums › Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft, Photo Essay: A Traverse of the Bob Marshall Wilderness by Foot and Packraft, "My name is Ryan, and I'm a Tenkara addict. Having explored The Bob with a packraft for several years, I find myself coming back to repeat a few stellar experiences: floating the rowdy Spotted Bear and Young’s Creek at the peak of runoff and floating the more tame South Fork Flathead as the water recedes. Forced into this camp by an encounter with a grizzly bear and her cub that blocked access to the upper canyon, we initially agonized over the possibility of a windstorm and blow-downs. As directed by the Wilderness Act of 1964, "The Bob", as it is informally known, is to remain…, Rocky Mtn. We are located on Youngs Creek, a major tributary of the South Fork of the Flathead River in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It was good to be out of cell phone range and off the grid. Product testing for the manufacturer of the lightest ridin’ shoes on the market! “I find it tremendously liberating,” Bosse said of packrafting. The fire, was located near Count Peak in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Flathead National Forest. The Heckmans packed us and our gear for eighteen miles to the Stadler-Hoadley divide and the crest of the Continental Divide. Viewing 16 posts - 1 through 16 (of 16 total), Forums are supported by our merchant partners (. Relive a simpler time with a multi-day horseback pack & fishing trip vacation into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex with Swan Mountain Outfitters. On our way out, we passed this fellow coming in with his trusty donkey. Still, I slept like a baby, and I remember falling asleep looking up at the packraft gently bobbing in the breeze, like the swinging watch of a hypnotist. Storms came in that night, and the absence of big trees to shelter my head meant that I had to set up my packraft for a little extra protection. A great new perspective. Our early rifle hunts in the heart of the Bob Marshall Wilderness are an unforgettable way to hunt elk during the bugling season. Danaher Creek is a sleepy, meandering float over cobbles, interrupted here and there by logjam portages, willows, and a curious bankside grizzly bear. Then we hiked up the incredible Helen Creek. upper Youngs Creek drainage in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Our camp in the Amphitheater was nestled among small stands of subalpine fir. It's floatable at some water levels by some types of small boats, like one person rafts … Outcomes include habitat restoration work including mapping, pulling, and chemical treatment of weeds. Once inside the Amphitheater, we shifted gears from trekking to ambling (moseying, if you will). Thanks. They’d clearly both traveled their fair share of miles here. This may have been the most welcome fire of the trip, and we built it big and inviting. Every tributary, and the main river itself, is full of fat cutthroat. 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). I wanted to give my pals an experience of the Wild West, so we rode horses from Benchmark to the Stadler-Hoadley divide, cutting off eighteen miles of walking. 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. There is nothing like hearing the bugle of a bull elk echo across a mountain canyon at first light. Fish would be transported by packstock out of the wilderness and, if feasible, would be … BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS – As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. Another describes the 1.5 million acres as; "Land and rivers and mountains still pretty much the way that God had fashioned them." Opportunities for wilderness packrafting treks in The Bob abound! 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. In particular, I plan on using a bivy on bald peaks above treeline. Youngs is small, clean, fairly technical, and absolutely gorgeous. View a map of this area and more on Natural Atlas. Sweet pictures and tantilizing glimpses of route choice consequences in the upcoming "Le Parcour de Wild". The Middle Fork of the Flathead River drainage remains open and is accessible from Highway 2 and from east side trailheads. 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. Rock On! Long a staple of my backcountry excursions, I held on to them for months, waiting for an adventure that warranted their graceful retirement. The hypothermic chills, the saddle sores, the blowdowns – all was forgotten as we surveyed the lay of the land from what felt like the spine of the world. I have some automation built into my imports, and they are customized for each camera/lens combination. For once, guidebook palaver understates reality. ... Youngs Creek, and S. Fork Flathead River in Flathead NF, Bob Marshall ... PLACE. Six miles later, we’d reach the Danaher Creek valley and scout a put-in for the packrafts. RATBOB runners along Youngs Creek Trail in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS – As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. I may spend a little time afterwards on some images in Photoshop as well, to add something like a graduated ND gradient or remove the errant moth from my skies :). 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! Ryan's has a spinnaker bottom though. The most popular place to start a backcountry South Fork float trip is at the confluence of the Young’s and Danaher rivers. https://www.alltrails.com/parks/us/montana/bob-marshall-wilderness ... Young’s Creek and Danaher Creek. The more than 1.5 million acres that the Bob Marshall, The Scapegoat, and the Great Bear Wilderness comprise served up a very wild and scenic packrafting trip, a 95-mile adventure in four and a half days. In addition to the trek in July featured in this photo essay, I enjoyed the rhythms of living on nearby Flathead Lake for a week while at the Melita Island Boy Scout camp with my son, and I’ll return for another week of wilderness raucousness while participating in Le Parcour de Wild in October. Upon reaching the Spotted Bear River, I finally came to the realization that our trip would be over soon. In 1964, Congress designated the Bob Marshall Wilderness. It’s certainly the longest: combined with several miles of Danaher Creek or Young’s Creek (its two major headwaters), a float of the South Fork in late June through mid-July to Meadow Creek Gorge offers an incredible forty plus miles of water. 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