The East Fork of the Blackfoot

Lincoln, Montana

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This valley-bottom route, also known as the “Mainline” trail, connects the North Fork of the Blackfoot with the Indian Meadows area. This valley was burned in the Canyon Creek fire, but substantial patches of timber were spared, creating a mosaic pattern on the landscape. The burned patches will be less susceptible to fire in the future and will serve as natural fire brakes to prevent the expansion of fire into the catastrophic proportions seen in 1988. The East Fork Trail is very popular with elk hunters and outfitters in the fall, but receives a much lower level of use during the summer.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This valley-bottom route, also known as the “Mainline” trail, connects the North Fork of the Blackfoot with the Indian Meadows area. This valley was burned in the Canyon Creek fire, but substantial patches of timber were spared, creating a mosaic pattern on the landscape.

The burned patches will be less susceptible to fire in the future and will serve as natural fire brakes to prevent the expansion of fire into the catastrophic proportions seen in 1988. The East Fork Trail is very popular with elk hunters and outfitters in the fall, but receives a much lower level of use during the summer.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Lincoln
Distance: 20.2
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Extended backcountry route
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,150 feet
Local Contacts: Scapegoat Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Lake Mountain, Olson Peak, Heart Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to The East Fork of the Blackfoot

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