Montana Outdoors

August 25, 2008

Koo Koo Sint 1

As David Thompson explored and mapped much of the northwestern United States and western Canada in around 1800, he carried a brass sextant of 10 inches radius and an achromatic telescope of high power. Every night he took his readings from the planets, and the Indians came to call him Koo Koo Sint, “the man who gazes at stars”.

Last week, despite the efforts of the ever-present vandals who have all but obliterated every single one of the Forest Service signs, by diligently studying the Lolo National Forest map, throwing in just a dash of Kentucky windage and a pinch of luck, I was able to locate the eastern end of USFS trail 445, the Koo Koo Sint trail. Today I hiked the first couple of miles of it.

After leaving the Jeep at the trail head,

08:30 – 2938″ elevation
09:00 – 3367″
09:30 – 3765″
10:00 – 4249″
10:30 – 4748″

At about 10:20 and at 4640″ the trail topped out over the east end of Koo Koo Sint Ridge, providing this view to the east. The high country on the right side of the river is the Cherry Peak roadless area in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains and the high country along Koo Koo Sint Ridge on the left side of the river is in the TeePee – Spring Creek roadless area in the Cabinet Mountains.

Lower Clark Fork River

I thought it was worth the climb and I’m pretty sure David Thompson thought it was too.

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