Gibbons Pass Interpretive Site

  

Determined to find a better route over the Continental Divide, Lewis and Clark parted company at Traveler's Rest near Lolo, Montana on July 3, 1806. Lewis headed northeast through Hellgate Canyon and over Lewis and Clark Pass while Clark followed the Bitterroot River southeast to near present-day Sula. Clark's party then followed an ancient Indian route that rose from the valley floor to what is now Gibbons Pass and descended into the Big Hole Valley. Chief Joseph and other non-treaty Nez Perce would traverse this same route to reach the Big Hole Valley during the Nez Perce War of 1877. Present facilities include interpretive signs along the Bitterroot-Big Hole Road and a toilet at the top of Gibbon's Pass.

At a Glance

Fees No fees charged
Open Season: May
Usage: Light
Restrictions: The Bitterroot-Big Hole Road (Forest Road 106) from the Sula Ranger Station to the top of Gibbons Pass is a steep, winding and narrow road with few turnouts and is not suitable for vehicles over 25 feet.
Closest Towns: Sula, MT
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The Gibbons Pass road begins behind the Sula Ranger Station off Highway 93 at Sula, MT. Road Advisory: The Bitterroot-Big Hole Road (Forest Road 106) from the Sula Ranger Station to the top of Gibbons Pass is a steep, winding and narrow road with few turnouts and is not suitable for vehicles over 25 feet.

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  Latitude : 
45.747231

  Longitude : 
-113.914533

  Elevation : 
6947

 



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