Big Hole, MT

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by AK2ID, Jun 1, 2020.

  1. AK2ID

    AK2ID Been here awhile

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    Took a day trip from Salmon, ID over into the Big Hole this past Saturday. Our route started north along the Salmon River Scenic Byway and over Chief Joseph Pass. We dropped into Wisdom, then north and east to Wise River. Then south over the Pioneer Mountains Scenic Byway. Then looped back to Jackson, Wisdom and back to Salmon.

    Highlights:

    - Lots of bikes on the road. Mostly day-trippers. Mostly big touring bikes.
    - Temps were from 60 to 75 degrees.
    - Traffic was light and polite.
    - More rafters in the Big Hole River than I have ever seen.
    - Snow level on Chief Joseph pass was around 7,500 feet.
    - All the campgrounds were packed, more campers than I have ever seen in this area.
    - Campers were almost all from MT with a few from ID and a mix of other.
    - Calves are fresh and the bulls have not been put out with the girls yet.
    - "The Crossing" (one of my favorite cafes) is open. We ate at Rosie's in Jackson.
    - Jackson Hot Springs is open. Still looking for a cook.
    - Gas is available in Wisdom.
    - The section of Hwy 93 from Lost Trail Pass was paved last summer and is "A+" quality.
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  2. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Thanks for the update, it's nice to see reports of what is happening out there.
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  3. tennistime99

    tennistime99 Been here awhile

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    Beautiful area. Loved the history at the Battle of Big Hole, although they got rid of the markers that really brought the Battle to life.
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  4. MatBirch

    MatBirch Reservoir of useless knowledge

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    One of my favorite parts of the country! Can’t wait to get relocated back over there.
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  5. Imachimper

    Imachimper Shunpiker Extraordinaire

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    One of my favorite places. I plan on moving there when I am done with the coast.



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  6. Idarider

    Idarider R1200GS

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    Just there with Countryrebel on Thursday. Amazingly beautiful in summer. Been there in late November too. I like wide open spaces like that but a high plains winter isn't for me. Like having flowers bloom in January. 20200607_133037.jpg 20200604_103951.jpg
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  7. Ladybug

    Ladybug Bug Sister Supporter

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    Nice!
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  8. Idarider

    Idarider R1200GS

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    Next time I will get there via Gibbonsville road off hwy 93 and Bannack is worth exploring more.
    I had been looking for a new Montana map at several stores and the lady at the counter at Bannack had them for free.
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