Helena National Forest
May 29, 2020, 6:00 PM
Jun 1, 2020, 6:00 PM
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THIS EVENT IS CANCELED DUE TO RESTRICTIONS RELATED TO THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC. LOOK FOR A REPEAT POST IN THE FUTURE. The Gates of the Mountains was named by Lewis and Clark as they traveled up the Missouri River in 1805. The area is known for a narrow, high walled limestone gorge where the river flows through the north end of the Big Belt Mountains. The surrounding mountainsides host an abundance of wildflowers. The many canyons within the wilderness contain impressive towers and formations in the Madison Limestone. For this backpack trip, we?ll hike along the Missouri River and cross Montana?s smallest wilderness area. We?ll meet in the Spokane area Friday afternoon and drive a few hours to get closer to the trailhead. On Saturday, we?ll continue to the Missouri River trailhead past Helena, Montana and begin the hike. We?ll climb over a pass to access the river, and camp either near the mouth of Fields Gulch or in Meriwether Canyon at approximately 4-6 miles. If time allows, we may explore the memorial site of the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire. On Sunday, we?ll hike up Meriwether Canyon, heading away from the river to camp at Bear Prairie in approximately 10 miles. On Monday we?ll hike out via Refrigerator Canyon to reach the trailhead in about 10 miles. Overall distance for this trip will be about 25 miles with around 6,000? of elevation gain. A vehicle shuttle will be required between the two trailheads. A topographic map of the hike can be viewed under ?Documents?. Group size limit is 8. Contact Tyler Nyman if interested: 509-270-8236.