[Cdt-l] Elbow Pass Fire in Bob Marshall

Wingnut wingnut.hiker at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 09:34:18 CDT 2012

Wow!  Thank you. 


This article has a list of closures from this morning’s Great Falls Tribune:
wsWslcs&usg=AFQjCNE2iaLEZjeZ9kgFNvkiNO7Wb2rBeQ> Hot Shots swoop into battle
Elbow Pass fire in Scapegoat Wilderness




From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of bcss at bresnan.net
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2012 8:11 AM
To: 'Shannon Freix'; cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: Re: [Cdt-l] Elbow Pass Fire in Bob Marshall


CDT headed south into the Scapegoat from Benchmark is closed to Green Creek
because of the Elbow Fire, which is ¼ mile off of the CDT.  They are
actively trying to suppress it but if they can’t hikers are going to get


It appears that SOBO hikers could get around it this way: (NOBO hikers
should reverse the directions. )


Follow Benchmark Road 12 Miles towards Augusta

Turn right on Petty Ford Trail at Double Falls for 1.9 miles

Left on Petty Creek for 1.25 miles

Right on Smith Creek for 2 miles

R on Jakie Creek 2.9 miles.


This will bring you back to the CDT at Welcome Pass (Mile 38.7)  Benchmark
is mile 58.6 so the detour is about the same length.  


Here is a map to help:  www.bearcreeksurvey.com/Map_Updates/Elbow Pass


The map begins where you turn off of the Benchmark to Augusta Road. 



best wishes,


Jerry Brown

mailto:bcss at bresnan.net



From: cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net [mailto:cdt-l-bounces at backcountry.net]
On Behalf Of Shannon Freix
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2012 9:29 PM
To: cdt-l at backcountry.net
Subject: [Cdt-l] Elbow Pass Fire in Bob Marshall


Keep an eye out for a growing fire at Elbow Pass in the Bob Marshall
Wilderness. It's near Benchmark; a primary in/out for thru-hikers on the
Rocky Mountain Front. The inciweb report has not been updated in roughly a
day, however, a new local report was issued today with new trail closures
and size of the fire now at 500 acres. I excpect they will be updating this
site very soon with this info: http://inciweb.org/incident/3021/.  

FYI: Montana weather will likely include thunderstorms this weekend into
next week so we might be looking at some new starts. Stay informed and keep
checking for new info. 

Volunteer crews working on Stemple Pass near Lincoln all next week if you
happen to be in the area and want to stop in for a snack or cold beer with
our CDT Montana Crews. Trip the last week of August near Johnson Lake in
Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Same thing - stop in and say hello. Volunteers
love meeting/seeing thru-hikers on the trail. 

Shannon Freix
Montana Wilderness Association
Continental Divide Trail Program Manager
912 2nd Ave W - Kalispell, MT  59901

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NOTE: I am in the field and away from phone and computer access beginning
7/15 and returning 7/25. 

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