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Overlanding and camping in montana etc

Discussion in 'Off-Roading & Trails' started by urchim, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. Apr 5, 2018 at 8:51 AM
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    I am trying to map out and find some cool spots in montana to camp and explore montana, however i cant find much useful info except some atv trails and alot of touristy info, any members here from montana can chime in and maybe share some info, i also dont know much but looking at maps see alot of indian reservation areas, are people allowed to camp on those areas offlimits etc?

    any help would greatly be appriciated
     
  2. Apr 5, 2018 at 8:53 AM
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    Maybe you can shed some light?
     
  3. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:13 AM
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    Get a Montana gazetteer. It has all of the state, NFS, logging roads on it. Most of our "wheeling" and over landing occur on those. Often they are gated much of the year, some of them permenantly. It's a good way to start though. Once you learn how to read it, you'll find that most of the roads that "go through" are not gated. Most of the gated roads are marked differently that non-gated.

    As far as tribal lands go, whitey doesn't get a free pass. Those lands are not open to public camping.
     
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  4. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:16 AM
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    Much of the eastern 2/3 of the state has amazing scenic back ways to get from place to place. The western 1/3 requires a little more route finding. We have a mind blowing amount of logging roads out here. The vast majority terminate on the side of a mountain. I'm still exploring new local routes, and I've been here 15 years.
     
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  5. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:18 AM
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    Whenever we were on our giant road trip couple years ago, when we were in remote MT headed to east glacier, I was amazed at the amount of random roads that led off the highway to places. Just good ol dirt roads that lead to some cool shit
     
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  6. Apr 5, 2018 at 9:20 AM
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    LOL i figured nicely put
     
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    Is there a specific version thats good, i found few but some date back 2011 u have one that you recommend?
     
  8. Apr 5, 2018 at 5:41 PM
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    anyone willing to share any tracks/gps for spots :) hehe
     
  10. Apr 6, 2018 at 7:18 PM
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    If you end up in my area, around Glacier NP, I'd be happy to tell you about a couple spots.
     
  11. Apr 6, 2018 at 7:20 PM
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    The Beartooth Mountains are awesome. Google the Morrison Jeep Trail; it starts just outside Clark, WY and ends on the Beartooth Highway between Red Lodge and Cooke City. About 5 miles east of Cooke City you'll find a ton of FS roads, some of which are much rougher than others. The trail to Goose Lake is fantastic.

    Lower part of the Morrison, last August (switchbacks were closed due to a fatal ATV wreck)z36460523000_752ece8e66_b.jpg

    The end of the trail to Goose Lake, also last August
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  13. Apr 30, 2018 at 2:11 PM
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    That is some awesome scenery, i did lookup morrison jeep trail, have it on my list of todo, might hit it ether with my atv or tacoma, not sure which is better suite it for it :)
     
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  14. Apr 30, 2018 at 10:31 PM
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    Check out Daisy/Lulu Pass above Cooke City. A lot of roads to explore and dispersed camping.

    If you're around Kalispell/Glacier NP definitely hit up @Pigpen. He pointed me to some fantastic spots last summer.
     
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  15. May 1, 2018 at 5:30 AM
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    That's the same area as the trail to Goose Lake. My wife and I need more time exploring up there.
     

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