Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex & Adjacent Lands

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #1

 

TRAIL MILES

3,247

FORESTS INVOLVED

  • Flathead National Forest, Montana
  • Helena, Lewis & Clark National Forest, Montana
  • Lolo National Forest, Montana

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The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and Adjacent Lands Priority Area includes three wilderness areas:

  • Bob Marshall Wilderness
  • Scapegoat Wilderness
  • Great Bear Wilderness

In Northwestern Montana, on both sides of the Continental Divide, the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex and adjacent lands make up more than 1.5 million acres. An estimated 3,247 miles of trails are within the priority area. Nearly 1,700 of those miles are in designated wilderness. Maintenance is needed on portions of the system inaccessible to many of our users. The Flathead, Helena–Lewis and Clark, and Lolo National Forests are working with partner organizations, volunteers, and volunteer groups to maintain the motorized, non-motorized, and wilderness trails within this area. Partners and volunteer groups working with the Forest Service are currently developing a maintenance plan for this area.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Examples of Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and logs over the trails
  • Remove overgrown brush
  • Repair and replace drainage structures
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Conduct general trail maintenance

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Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include: 

  • Back Country Horsemen of Montana
  • Seven individual Chapters of Back Country Horsemen
  • Professional Wilderness Outfitters Association
  • Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
  • Montana Wilderness Association
  • Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Montana Trout Unlimited
  • Montana Conservation Corps
  • National Smokejumpers Association
  • American Rivers
  • The Wilderness Society
  • Montanans for Healthy Rivers Coalition
  • Several additional volunteer groups

Learn More & Get involved!

Kent Wellner, Regional Trail Leader
Email: kent.wellner@usda.gov
Phone: (406) 329-3150

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/trails/priority-areas/bob-marshall-wilderness