By sicks

place holder for planning, when i get around to it…

darby NFS map

I believe Aerostitch sells a book listing free US campsites.
on of the best deals on free places to camp in on the Rockefeller donated land just south of the south entrance to yelowstone. turn into the flag ranch and follow the road just north of the flagg ranch to the sites along the snake river. it has amenities and is maintained by a trust fund from the rockefellers.

gaspipe’s CDT.. page 7 is a little north of where i’m heading. but Comet and Coolidge ghost towns and various abandoned tunnels are cool.. link

boulder tunnel
boulder tunnel

Comet Ghost Town

Al’s Cycle

619 US HWY 93 N
Hamilton, MT 59840
mail phone

parts: jean lewis

MMS-Motorsports 2 miles south of Hamilton..
620 US HIGHWAY 93 S.
2 Miles South of Hamilton
Phone: (406) 363-4493
Fax: (406) 363-3697

Other than the CD trail does anyone have any good suggestions for a good North/South all dirt route Across Wyoming and Montana? It’s time for me to start stitching a route together.

Medicine Lodge Road, Gravelly Range Road, Blacktail Road, Centennial Divide Road … all gorgeous.

East of I-15 @ Dillon, roughly speaking.

My track between Pinedale and Rawlins is 225 miles. I can’t see anywhere we could have gotten fuel on that stretch. I also have the Clarke tank and made it without using my Kolpin spare. I read about Wild Bill’s gun shop in Atlantic City selling gas out of cans and that was going to be my back up. Their phone number is 307-332-5981.

Continental Divide Ride
Info by Mark Sampson—

This is an explanation of the routes, waypoints and track logs on the Garmin Mapsource file I have created for navigation of the ride. I use a garmin 276C and this file will load in my GPS with no problem. You may find you GPS won’t hold all the data on this file—that’s not a big deal if you’re a good mapsource user, as you can modify them to suit your GPS.
I road from South to North—however most people want to ride North to South——so my routes on my mapsource file are for North to South navigation.
There are 6 routes—the first being “01 NS Montana Idaho” which will navigate you thru these 2 states. I combined this first route into 2 states as the Idaho route is very short. These are point to point routes. Each “route waypoint” is just barely beyond a turn so there is no doubt which way to go. Also there usually are many “route” waypoints between turns to keep you on track. There are 210 “route waypoints” in the first route and your GPS may not hold all this—so you need to modify them. Do not confuse “route waypoints” with “waypoints”—-they are two different animals. These routes will guide you exactly as I went—-I edited them and eliminated any parts where I got lost or off course.
I wouldn’t try to use the Garmin autorouting software to modify my routes into a route that sticks to the roads—as some of the roads on that software are not thru routes and they won’t work. You can have these softwares loaded into your GPS alright—you just won’t be using the auto—routing (stick to the roads) function. You will navigate from one point to the next—–you won’t get lost as there are plenty route points to keep you on track. Actually I know how to get around this to make an autoroute—but it’s tricky—you’ll have to figure that out on your own.

The tracks on this file are mine—and follow the story on my website. Study the route and my website for some very good insight to the route. If you like—forget navigating the routes—-just follow the tracklog.

Waypoints beginning with “Pass”—-are mountain passes. Waypoint “PassUnion” is Union pass and so on and so on.
Waypoints beginning with “F”, “L” or “G”——are Food, Lodging and Gas waypoints. Waypoint “FL Atlantic City” means there is food and Lodging in Atlantic City. This isn’t going to be perfect I’m sure but I tried to compile are info from trip reports I have read and from the cycling book. These waypoints will not be spot on at all—-they just mean those services are available in that town.
“Camp” waypoints are campgrounds—there are lots of them on this file.
You will cross the divide 27 times on this ride—-waypoint “21 CDivide” just simply means this is the 21st time you are crossing the divide and so on.

This is actually a compilation of all the info about the ride that I could absorb in the last 2 years. It is a result of reading the book “Cycling The Great Divide” book many times and reading a jillion ride reports and noting any important information I thought might be useful. And then I modified all this info after actually riding it myself.

One note: There is a route on my file called “Lava Mountain”———I made it a separate route——take it if you like as it is the actual route—I found a nice route around it which is really good. The lava mountain route is more difficult than the route I took and if you have a big GS you may not want to tackle it. I didn’t but wished I did as I’ve found out since from a good friend who knows that it would have been very do-able for me.

I also include the optional Fleecer ridge route. This is by far (I’ve heard) the very most difficult terrain you could ride. Very few have attempted it—-most have failed. Do not take a big bike into fleecer ridge. The bicyclists that ride thru here claim they have to carry their bicycles——–you have been warned. I know this is like a carrot in front of a horse for some of you—have fun !!!!

Update 12-24-2009
I just got word that about 8 miles of the route in New Mexico may have went private.
A route around this has not been figured out yet. I was given info about where this was and put 2 new waypoints in the gps file—both named “Possible Private”.
This may not be true—and it may ????

The BigDog





Best Time to Be Here:
Last year the fishing was unbelievable from March until the end of November. But, usually there are three peaks on the Bitterroot and her forks: March 15th to April 30th. The Skwala Stonefly (A size 10 Golden Stonefly) along with some smaller stoneflies, Grey Drakes (March Browns or minor Green Drake, depending on who you ask), Caddis flies, and Blue Winged Olives bring on some great dry fly fishing (in March and April).

The second peak is about June 20th to the end of July. Starting with Salmon Flies and Golden Stones, there is a potpourri of Stoneflies, Mayflies, Caddis Flies and even Terrestrials. It is a time to be here!

Last season, the peaks seem to run together, but most seasons another peak comes about the second week of September and runs to the end of October. Terrestrials, E. hecuba, and Mahogany Mayflies, Blue Winged Olives, other small Mayflies, Caddis, and Midges during a time when you can have the water all to yourself.

The dry fly is fun, but if you are a died-in-the-wool underwater fisher: Copper Johns, Glo Bugs, Pheasant Tails, Princes, and Stonefly Nymph imitations along with Wooly Buggers, Muddlers, Spuddlers, and Grey Ghost Streamers.

It is hard to go to other places once you have been in the Bitterroot Valley, but should they beckon, first check with us about a guided float, the best way to learn to fish strange waters, or let us supply or get information for you.

2 Responses to “Montana Summer 2010”

  1. 1 sicks
    February 26, 2010 at 8:08 am

    Budget Motel 406-821-2096
    207 Marshall Ave.

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