Montana Outdoors

June 29, 2017

From the Black Mountain ATV trail 763:

Filed under: Montana — Tags: , , — montucky @ 10:42 pm

Today a friend and I rode the Black Mountain ATV trail 763 in the Kootenai National Forest of western Montana that climbs a very steep ridge above the east slope of the Trout Creek drainage. It was a very tough ride (and my first ATV trail ride) and the trail was not ridable as far as we had hoped it would be, but still there were some nice views and I learned a whole lot about riding an ATV in rough country.

Black Mountain trail 763

Black Mountain trail 763

The mountains at the horizon are the Bitterroots along the Montana/Idaho border.

Black Mountain trail 763

The body of water is the Noxon Rapids Dam on the Clark Fork River

Black Mountain trail 763

Black Mountain trail 763

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  1. I think I’ll stick to my feet on the trails. My riding lawn mower in certain rough parts of the property is as bumpy as I want to get.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — June 29, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    • It was an experience! I’ve ridden up to 30 miles in a day on Forest Service roads comfortably, but about 8 miles on this trail was exhausting.

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      Comment by montucky — June 29, 2017 @ 11:05 pm

  2. I think I prefer walking as well though I’ve never tried an ATV. The views are stunning and sometimes you have to use means of transport to experience certain things.

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    Comment by Hanna — June 30, 2017 @ 3:57 am

    • I prefer hiking too. There are very few ATV trails in this region. This one climbed at a rate and distance so severe that I would not have hiked it.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2017 @ 7:28 am

  3. Well, the payoff was pretty remarkable. What a view.

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    Comment by teresaevangeline — June 30, 2017 @ 4:49 am

    • It was pretty, but I will not return to that trail. There are hiking trails that lead into those mountains in the background, and I plan to use a few of them.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  4. Such beautiful country, I never tire of seeing it and remembering when I used to live there and how fortunate I was to have grown up there.

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    Comment by Ron Mangels — June 30, 2017 @ 6:32 am

    • Yes, it is beautiful. This was my first trip into that specific area. I’ve hiked in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness north of there but not much yet in the mountains to the south.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2017 @ 7:33 am

  5. I have mixed feelings about ATVs. They’re noisy (as compared to walking), but they get you farther into the back country. They are limiting if it’s too rough or steep, and they can get flat tires and run out of gas (but so can I – tired feet and no energy left). I once saw a case where someone went over backwards trying to go up a slope that was too steep, so that is another negative. But I’m sure there are a lot of positive things too. You don’t have to carry all your gear on your back, for one thing. The area you went to is sure beautiful. Typical Montana/Idaho.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 30, 2017 @ 7:51 am

    • I have mixed feelings about them too. Like most things, they are subject to abuse. After riding an ATV trail, I’m what you might call thrilled with that, but I do enjoy riding on old roads that are open to motorized traffic because you can go slow and have an unconfined view of the terrain and meeting another vehicle is not a problem on a very narrow road. Mine lets me get to trail heads where snow on the road would prohibit using the Jeep.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2017 @ 8:30 am

  6. There sure are some beautiful views up there! It must have been daunting for the pioneers to climb one of those hills and see nothing but more hills in front of them. I don’t know how they ever did it.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 30, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

    • It would have been very daunting. They did use some of the mountain passes but even those require a lot of elevation gain and many were heavily wooded as well. The tall mountains in these photos are nearly a mile higher than the valleys below.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2017 @ 4:17 pm

  7. I would rather walk!

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    Comment by windyhillx — June 30, 2017 @ 5:54 pm

    • I would not have hiked this trail. It went up 1,600 feet in just over a mile.

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      Comment by montucky — June 30, 2017 @ 8:17 pm

  8. …….Wonderful views all the same.
    The second image is a particularly scenic view.

    (I’ll have to stick to 2 feet on an urban walking trail I’m afraid).

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    Comment by Vicki — June 30, 2017 @ 10:42 pm

    • I was pleased to have the views, but less than pleased with the whole experience. I greatly prefer hiking, although that trail would not have been at all fun to hike.

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2017 @ 7:17 am

  9. There clearly are good uses for an ATV — you mentioned using it to get to a trailhead, which makes sense to me. On the other hand, there’s a lot of wisdom in the old saying: “You never try, you never know.” Deciding not to use an ATV in certain ways after using it is a whole lot different than just rejecting it without any experience as the basis for the decision. That said, the photos are beautiful. The Bitterroots always have intrigued me, for no reason I can identify. The Snake River Canyon’s another one. There’s just something about those names that make the places seem worth exploring.

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    Comment by shoreacres — July 1, 2017 @ 7:08 am

    • I think this trail is considered a “technical” trail, meaning a challenge to ride. That may be good training, but not really enjoyable as far as I’m concerned. There are good hiking trails in the Bitterroots and I will use them in the future I think. It will still be pleasant to ride the back country roads with the ATV because it can be ridden slowly and being all open, it permits good views of the surroundings. My machine is also very quiet, at least as quiet as a Jeep.

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      Comment by montucky — July 1, 2017 @ 7:25 am

  10. Incredible beautiful sceneries in my eyes. I could sit there hours and hours admiring the nature beauty.

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    Comment by Sartenada — July 4, 2017 @ 2:13 am

    • That’s why I go to such places. Those steep and tall mountain slopes keep at least some of the wild country safe from exploitation and development.

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      Comment by montucky — July 4, 2017 @ 7:05 am

  11. Gosh it must have been a tough ride .. but those views sure made it worth it! 😀

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — July 5, 2017 @ 1:56 am

    • For me it’s always worth an effort to get to a mountain top here in western Montana. Most by far are accessible only on foot.

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      Comment by montucky — July 5, 2017 @ 6:50 am

  12. Such beauty in the mountains. I’ve never ridden an ATV, I guess it doesn’t overly appeal to me although I can see it as a tool to get to a trailhead like you describe.

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    Comment by Candace — July 6, 2017 @ 5:16 pm


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