Hay Creek Drainage – West End
Well, rats. USFS map prices are going up. Here’s the meat of the official press release . . .
For the first time in nearly a decade, increasing costs of production, printing, and distribution are driving the need for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service to increase the price of its maps. Prices of USFS paper and plastic coated maps will increase to $14 on Monday, Jan. 1, 2018.
The Forest Service continually updates its maps and looks for ways to enhance maps. The Forest Service expects to shorten the revision cycle as cartographers continue to apply new digital technology to the map revision process.
The Forest Service is also working to increase the availability of digital maps. Digital maps for mobile applications can be downloaded here: http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps/store. Digital maps cost $4.99 per side.
There are three ways to order maps from the National Forest Map Store (NFMS):
- Online: www.NationalForestStore.com
- By phone: (406) 329-3024
- By US Mail:
USDA Forest Service
National Forest Store
P.O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807
In an effort to help offset the pricing increase for volume sales, starting Jan. 1, 2018 discount pricing will be made available on sales of 10 or more of maps of the same title. Discounted maps are only available when purchased through the NFMS.
The U.S. Forest Service is dedicated in researching, producing and distributing informative, accurate maps that can help improve the experience on America’s national forests and grasslands. Additional online resources that may help users enjoy the great outdoors:
— Interactive Visitor Map to help you find great places to go and explore
— Know Before You Go for tips that can help you enjoy the outdoors and be safe
Gibraltar-Weasel Closure Map, Sep 10, 2017
This just in from the Flathead National Forest . . .
Media Contact: Janette Turk
Kalispell, MT. September 10, 2017- The Gibralter Ridge Fire and the Weasel fire are burning in the Kootenai National Forest approximately 7 miles east of Eureka. The east side of the Gibraltar fire has moved into the mouth of the Blue Sky drainage in the Whitefish Range. The Weasel fire has moved near the Flathead and Kootenai forest boundary. To protect health and public safety by keeping the public out of the active fire area, the Kootenai National Forest has closed a large area from the Whitefish divide to the west boundary of the Fortine District, and from the Canadian Border to Deep Creek. The Flathead National Forest has closed an area north of Link lake trailhead north to the Canada border and east of the Kootenai border.
The following NFS Road is partially closed:
- A portion of NFS Road #114 (Trail Creek Road) from the Flathead National Forest boundary to the junction with Stoken Bridge/Foothills Road. To support these efforts the Flathead National Forest has installed a gate on NFS Road #114 (Trail Creek) and has closed NFS Road #114 from mile point 8.8 to 14.8, the boundary with the Kootenai National Forest.
The following NFS trails are closed:
- Trails 19, 23, 114, 113, 22, 13, 28, 79, 11, 13, 106 and 26 from the Link lake TH to the north.
The following NFS area is closed:
- Area from the Link lake TH north along the Kootenai/Flathead NF boundary to the Canada border
Forest fire fighting resources are supporting the fires listed above and are prepared with initial attack resources as needed. For more information contact the Hungry Horse/Glacier View District at 406-387-3800.
Debo Powers’ article covers our recent activity in the west end of the Hay Creek drainage, but I thought it useful to include some additional material here.
Here’s a map of the two expeditions Debo mentions. The red track is the Trail 3-Trail 26 survey conducted on September 13. In yellow is the route of the successful September 18 search for the Trail 26-Trail 14 junction.
Hay Creek Explorations
Randy and I added about a mile to our part of the Trail 3 hike by spending some time investigating Hay Lake.
Here’s Randy at the Trail 3-Trail 26 junction.
Randy at T26
And here’s a photo of the Hay Creek drainage from the west end that I took on an earlier expedition up Trail 26.
Hay Creek Drainage from West End