Gibraltar Ridge Fire closure order affects Trail Creek, PNT

Gibraltar Ridge Fire Closure Map, Aug 8, 2017

Gibraltar Ridge Fire Closure Map, Aug 8, 2017

A closure order was issued this afternoon in the Kootenai National Forest as a result of the Gibraltar Ridge Fire in the Eureka area.

This closure affects travel from the North Fork over Trail Creek into the Kootenai. The Forest Service is posting signs at the North Fork Road/Trail Creek Road junction, and at the Tuchuck Trailhead.

This also affects the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT). Notifications are going up at strategic trailheads for the PNT in both the Kootenai and Flathead Forests.

For more information on the Gibraltar Ridge Fire, see the Inciweb page at https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5474/

Stage 1 fire restrictions in effect for Great Bear and Bob Marshall wildernesses

Stage 1 fire restrictions are now in effect for Great Bear and Bob Marshall wildernesses. In brief, this means:

  • No campfires, unless the campsite is posted with specific exemptions.
  • No smoking, unless within an enclosed vehicle, building, developed recreation site or an area 3 feet in diameter cleared of all flammable materials.

The Trail Condition Report for the Hungry Horse RD has been updated to reflect this situation.

Trail condition reports for August 2 posted

Trail Clearing with 'Silky' Saw

Trail Clearing with ‘Silky’ Saw

The latest (August 2) Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View ranger districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages.

Note that the entire area is now under Stage II fire restrictions!

Trail condition reports for July 28 posted

 

Cleft Rock Trail in old Wedge Canyon Fire burn area

Cleft Rock Trail in old Wedge Canyon Fire burn area

The latest (July 28) Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View ranger districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages.

Note that the entire area is now under Stage II fire restrictions!

Trail condition reports for early July posted

Whitefish Divide Trail (T26) near T3 intersection, July 12, 2017 - W. K. Walker

Whitefish Divide Trail (T26) near T3 intersection, July 12, 2017 – W. K. Walker

The latest (July 10/13) Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View ranger districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages.

Trail condition reports for June 21, 2017 posted

Moran Basin Trail (Trail 2), mile 2, Flathead NF, July 10, 2014 - by W. K. Walker

Moran Basin Trail (Trail 2), mile 2, Flathead NF, July 10, 2014 – by W. K. Walker

That was quick! Two sets of trail reports in a single week…

The latest (June 21) Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View ranger districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages.

Annual solstice hike on Wednesday, June 21

Cyclone Lookout

Cyclone Lookout

From Debo Powers . . .

The annual hike to Cyclone Lookout on the evening of the longest day has become a North Fork tradition. Hikers will meet at the junction of North Fork Road and Hay Creek Road at 7:30pm and carpool to the trailhead. This is a fun evening watching the sun set and returning to vehicles before dark.

Participants are asked to bring snacks, insect repellent, bear spray, and headlamps. The hike will be led by NF Trails stalwarts Janet and Dick Leigh.

Trail condition reports for June 19, 2017 posted

Moran Basin Trail (Trail 2) in Flathead NF, July 2014 - W. K. Walker

Moran Basin Trail (Trail 2) in Flathead NF, July 2014 – W. K. Walker

The latest (June 19) Forest Service Trail Condition Reports for the Hungry Horse and Glacier View ranger districts have been posted to the website Trail Conditions page.

These reports contain a fair amount of useful; information. Besides trail conditions, they include trail numbers, their official names and end-to-end mileages.

Hay Creek Road closure

Hay Creek Road slump, April 2017

Hay Creek Road slump, April 2017

UPDATE: The road was reopened on May 26, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

According to the Flathead National Forest’s Facebook page, The Hay Creek Road is closed due to a slump a short distance from its junction with the North Fork Road. Depending on when repairs are made, his could be a real problem for our spring activities in the Hay Creek drainage.

A road slump up Hay Creek Road #376 has caused closure until the road dries out and repairs can be made. Please be cautious when driving on roads that are saturated with water due to snow melt and run off. If you find damage to roads when you’re out and about, please let us know so we can evaluate conditions and make necessary repairs when conditions improve.

It’s tick season, take precautions

Deer Tick, Adult Female - UMaine Cooperative Extension-Griffin Dill

Deer Tick, Adult Female – UMaine Cooperative Extension-Griffin Dill

They’re baaack!

This an update of an article posted almost exactly a year ago…

Speaking from personal experience, tick season did its usual early April arrival on the North Fork and the nasty little critters will likely stay active into September. Ticks prefer moist, brushy areas, but even seemingly dry, more open areas like the trail to Glacier View peak have their share of ticks right now.

Actually, Glacier View has more than its share of ticks. The lower reaches are absolutely infested with the little bloodsuckers right now.

So, precautions are in order. The basics are long sleeves, long pants, a hat and vigilance. Light colored clothing makes ticks easier to spot.

Pre-treating hiking togs with a permethrin based spray will actually kill ticks that get on your clothing. The treatment lasts through several wash cycles.

Insect repellent will keep flies and mosquitoes away, but won’t discourage ticks from hitching a ride. They’ll simply walk across repellent-treated areas in search of a tastier spot to dig in.

And, of course, check yourself and your gear thoroughly when you get home.

For more information, here are a couple of useful articles:

10 Important Ways to Avoid Summer Tick Bites (LiveScience)
Preventing tick bites (Centers for Disease Control)