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Lewis & Clark Forest

  • Lewis & Clark Forest

Overview

  • Karla Gadea

The Lewis & Clark forest is located in west central Montana in United States and offers close to one million acres of distinctive landscapes. The Scapegoat Wilderness occupies the far northwest portion of the Forest, about ten air miles north of the community of Lincoln, Montana. Nestled in the upper Blackfoot River drainage, Lincoln is a popular destination for big game hunting and snowmobiling, much of which takes place on the National Forest. Much of the area along the Divide is rich in mining history, and the town of Helena owes its origins to the discovery of gold in 1864. Helena Forest roads and trails support a balance of motorized and non-motorized recreation including: hiking. biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, OHV riding, snowmobiling and driving for pleasure.

 

Hike to Cataract Falls(Year-round)(Beginner): A quick 0.5 mile out and back hike to a calming waterfall with beautiful mountain views. The water falls from the side of a red rock mountain into a creek. The hike starts at Elk Creek Trailhead where there is ample parking, a hitching post, outhouse and signage regarding the area. Elk Creek, which you’ll have to cross several times, runs parallel to the parking area.

 

Devils Glen(Summer-Fall)(Beginner): Hike to Devils Glen in Lewis and Clark National Forest is a total of 5.1 miles out and back. The hike features a river with rock formations to the left and right. Hikers can jump in the river in many places along the hike and enjoy a refreshing swim after a hot summer day. Hikers are surrounded by endless pines and fresh air.

 

Big Snowies Crest(Summer-Fall)(Intermediate): Great hike complete with two caves and high alpine plateau. Recommend later in season due to snow. If you visit the caves be sure to tread lightly as not to spoil them for others. Big Snowies Crest is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Moore, MT that features a cave and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers.

 

Mortimer Gulch Trail(Summer-Fall)(Intermediate): Mortimer Gulch Trail is a 7.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Choteau, MT that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate.Trail offers beautiful views of Gibson Reservoir and surrounding mountains. First 1-2 miles of trail runs near summer homes but soon after becomes very isolated.
Cross-Country Skiing in Silver Crest: Silver Crest Cross-Country Ski Trails is located near Neihart, MT. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for cross country skiing. It’s located near south Main street and offers a great view of the forest.

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ACTIVITY:

Hiking, Horseback Riding, Cross-country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Biking, Snowmobiling

Difficulty:

Beginner, Intermediate

SEASON:

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

How to Get There

The nearest airport is in Bozeman, Montana. Take the I-90 W from Gallatin Field Rd and Airway Blvd. Take US-287 N, US-12 E and US-89 N to Evans Riceville Rd in Cascade County. Continue on Evans Riceville Rd to Lewis and Clark National Forest. The trip is a total of 3 hours and 40 minutes.
How long should I stay? Visitors can explore the best of this forest in 1-2 days. To explore all, spend up to a week

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The Bunkhouse Helena

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The Cottage At The Bunkhouse

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Additional Logding Options

Holiday Inn Bozeman (5 E Baxter Ln, Bozeman, MT 59715)
Website: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/bozeman/bznmt/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-HI-_-USA-_-BZNMT
Phone: (406) 587-4561

Hampton Inn Helena (725 Carter Dr, Helena, MT 59601)
Website: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/montana/hampton-inn-helena-HELMTHX/index.html
Phone: (406) 443-5800

Residence Inn Helena (2500 E Custer Ave, Helena, MT 59602)
Website: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hlnri-residence-inn-helena/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
Phone: (406) 443-8010

Dining

Starky’s Authentic Americana (24 N Tracy Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715)
Website: http://starkysonline.com
Phone: (406) 556-1111

Nagoya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi (2790 Washington Dr, Helena, MT 59602)
Website: http://nagoyahouse.com
Phone: (406) 449-2742

Blacksmith Italian (290 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59715)
Website: http://blacksmithitalian.com
Phone: (406) 577-2585

Tours

Rbarx Horse Ranch (537 Evans Riceville Rd, Belt, MT 59412)
Website: No website available, please call for more information.
Phone: (406) 736-5226

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