Montana Outdoors

August 23, 2012

Little Thompson Peak (3)

The trail to the Thompson Peaks was all but completely obscured by the fire and seeing it, it’s impossible to know if the Forest Service will attempt to save it or whether it has been lost forever, which would be a shame. From the trail head that I chose to use at the gate that closes off USFS road 5582 on the North Fork of the Little Thompson River drainage, trail 310 meets trail 1309 after about a mile and from there to Little Thompson Peak is another mile or so. Had I not been there before and if I hadn’t had a bit of experience with forest trails I could not have found it. An old blaze mark on a burned tree, the charred remains of some old down timber that had been sawed from the trail in the past, a dim picture of the trail corridor through fire-killed trees in places and a few sections where the tread of the trail could still be seen were enough clues to follow what was the old trail. The following photos were taken along that trail to the place where one must leave the trail to follow a short ridge to the peak.

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

Thompson Peak trail

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