Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex

Together, the Great Bear Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness form the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, an area of more than 1.5 million acres, in western Montana, south of Glacier National Park.  This is a LINK to the U.S. Forest Service site.

The "Bob" is a roadless area where no structures are allowed, nor motorized vehicles or even mechanical vehicles like bicycles. There is no logging or mining.  There are over 1800 miles of trails which are limited to human and animal use.  This is said to be the most densely populated area of Grizzly Bear other than Alaska. Among the wildlife that make their home in this Wilderness area are moose, elk, black bear, mountain goat, wolverine, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, lynx, wolf, and bald eagles.  Camping and fishing are allowed with permits.  Don't travel alone.    

Here is a photo by Max Spiegel, Public Radio Host and musician, who says his visit to the "Bob" changed his life forever:

Bob Marshall Wilderness by Max Spiegel

(Click on Photo and Map above to open larger size views.)

The Life of Bob Marshall is documented in the book, A Wilderness Original by James M. Glover.

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Sharkbytes said...

I have friend who consider the Bob Marshall Wilderness a very special place. Sadly, I've never been there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Doug - Me Again. Just going through your blogs. Thanks for making a record of these wonderful sights and things that Montana a treasure trove.

I watched the video of MT from the Sky, and was trying to recall some of the scenes. I wasn't certain, but thought the dam shown was Hungry Horse. We made the round-trip around it one day. Then the water was lowered to allow fish to spawn. But still a beautiful drive.

Also love the Cedar Creek Nature walk. My partner in MT had Parkinson's and couldn't walk most of the trails. Our pal Shazzy loved it too. We learned to never walk a Pomeranian through deep snow there. He had three inch snowballs on his belly which melted on our laps when we got back in the car. Ah memories!

Anonymous said...

When living in Helena, worked with a woman [wish I could remember her name but it too eludes me these days]. Her father had been a US Congressman who worked up the bill that established the Bob Marshall Wilderness. What a treasure.

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