Gates of the Mountains Wilderness Topo Map

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Lewis and Clark wrote about a stretch of the Missouri River where 1,200-foot sheer cliffs on either side of the river seemed to close like “gates” behind them. The explorers named this area Gates of the Mountains and there is now a 28,560-acre wilderness area which includes the “gates” mentioned in the journals of Lewis and Clark. Located at the north end of the Big Belt Mountains, the Gates of the Mountains is Montana’s smallest wilderness area. From the boat landing at Meriwether Picnic Area, families can take the Missouri River Canyon Trail to Coulter Campground or walk to Vista Point. The wilderness area is also the site of the 1949 Mann Gulch fire where 13 firefighters died. Norman Maclean’s book Young Men and Fire describes the event. An on-site memorial can be visited by the hearty who want to walk the 2-mile, steep trail. This eTrail provides detailed information on family-friendly things to do. The destinations include: Gates of the Mountains Boat Tour, Meriwether Picnic Area: Vista Point Trail, Missouri River Canyon Trail 257 to Coulter Campground, Refrigerator Canyon Trail 259, and Hogback Lookout.
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York, Montana

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