Gorge Creek Trailhead

This is a free trailhead site located 71 miles south of the town of Hungry Horse on the gravel East Side Reservoir Road #38. The trailhead is located at an elevation of 4,200 feet and is open from May 15 through November 30. Gorge Creek Trailhead is situated ½ mile past Bunker Creek, and near Gorge Creek. There are 6 parking spots. The site is located in an old growth stand of trees. It gets moderate use. It is mostly used as a trailhead to access the Bob Marshall Wilderness on the Gorge Creek Trail #218 and Sunburst Trail #693. In the summer backpackers and stock users access the wilderness. The trailhead is used for access to the early season and late season hunt in the wilderness from September 15 through late November. There are no tables, metal fire rings, or vault toilets. There is no water on site, but water is available from Bunker Creek, which crosses the trailhead entry road. Water must be treated prior to consumption. Stock is allowed at the site. There are hitchrails, an unloading ramp, and feed bunks that stock may be tied to. Weed Seed Free Feed is required on all national forest lands. There is no garbage service and visitors need to plan to Pack It In, and Pack It Out. There is a food storage order in effect on all national forest land that requires that human and stock food, garbage, and other attractants be kept unavailable to bears. Your stay may not exceed 14 days. This is a remote location and there is no cell phone service in the area. The closest public phone is located 19 miles north at the Spotted Bear Ranger Station. Phone, gas, and food are located 71 miles north in the town of Hungry Horse.

At a Glance

Reservations: First come, first served.
Fees: No fee.
Open Season: 05/15
Usage: Moderate
Restrictions: There is a 14 day stay limit, and also food storage requirements for human and stock food, garbage, and other attractants. See Visitor Guidelines.
Closest Towns: Hungry Horse, MT
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: Gorge Creek Trailhead is accessed from Highway 2. From the town of Hungry Horse, drive east on Highway 2 for ½ mile to the East Side Reservoir Road #38. Turn right (south) onto Road #38 and drive on through the town of Martin City. After two miles the pavement ends and the gravel East Side Reservoir Road continues on 53 miles to the junction with the West Side Reservoir Road #895. Turn right (west) on West Side Reservoir River Road and drive 1-1/2 miles to the Meadow Creek Road #2826. Turn left (south) on Meadow Creek Road and drive 15 miles to Road #10193. Turn left (south) and drive 1 mile to the Gorge Creek Trailhead, which is located at the end of the road. NOTE: Road #38 between mileposts 37 and 53 has a winter wildlife closure from 12/1 - 5/14. West Side Reservoir Road #895 is open year round when snowfree, which is typically 5/15 -11/30.

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