DISCUSS: Ideas for autumn MT exploration

Montana is full of such wonderful and interesting places.  Wouldn't it be fun to explore a few of them?

So I'm wondering if anyone else is interested in finding cool places to explore when the weather starts to cool off and crisp up a bit. Like, say, old/abandoned buildings or just cool stretches of forest or anything like that. I've been wanting to do that since last Fall when I just never got around to it.

This meetup is to brainstorm some of these places and make a plan for a fall meetup to get out and Explore Montana.

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  • Helen K

    I would love to join in on this if you guys plan anything for Sep. 21 or 20th! Not quite fall yet but hopefully close enough? I'm visiting MT from NY for 10 days and staying in Arlee. But unfortunately, I won't have a car so this may be tough if I can't hitch a ride. I may be able to get a ride to Missoula though.

    1 · August 24

    • Bryan

      If you're in Missoula, there are plenty of us who can give you a ride.

      2 · August 25

    • Helen K

      That'd be great if we can put something together last minute! I'll get back in touch when I'm in MT. THANKS!

      2 · August 27

  • Peter D.

    Hey! Where's Kyle?

    1 · August 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    I suggested a hike up to the Lutz mine at Frogponds for next Saturday. The area is beautiful and I'd like to get up there before it is snowed in completely. There are several old mines with buildings standing within walking distance from each other.

    1 · August 23

  • Peter D.

    Running late – cable guy's here.

    August 23

  • Bryan

    And an internet date going on right behind me. Aww, cute.

    August 23

  • Bryan

    Holy cow there are a lot of people downtown!

    August 23

  • Peter D.

    The forecast is for clear weather from about 4:00 on. I say after meetup hike.

    August 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Maybe just do Welcome Creek this Saturday - it's not too far away, usually see moose... I love the idea of finding/exploring old buildings, btw. Don't know what is avail. to the public, though.

    2 · August 19

    • A former member
      A former member

      well, maybe we'll mosey up there after the meeting anyway! :) not do a long day, but it would be fun to get out. how far up are you?

      August 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live about a mile from the interstate, right on the creek.

      2 · August 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds great! I can probably go this Saturday - was thinking of doing a hike, anyway (haven't been out AT ALL this summer!) Mill Creek is stunning - open rock, cliffs, VIEWS! all along a steep rushing creek. Great Ceanothus and other brush/flowers. I need to go collect root very soon anyway. Bear Creek is a lovely, easy walk through thick forest. Big Creek is a wonderful wide creek that just babbles along, trail goes through the woods and is quite nice. Skalkaho Road is supposed to reopen in early Sept. as well, and I'd love to check that out - haven't been in eons! There's always Garnet, and I never have tried Nimrod (but would if we got a group together!) :) Also a wildlife management area outside of Stevi (not the Metcalf) that I'd like to check out - supposed to be pine and grassland, elk and birds. There's a few ideas, anyway!

    1 · August 19

    • A former member
      A former member

      I drove over Skalkaho Pass a few days ago exploring Mud Lake and the North Fork of Rock Creek. The road is open all the way to the falls from the Philipsburg side.

      1 · August 19

    • A former member
      A former member

      another mud lake? must find where this one is! (the one i know is in the high bitteroots - with frogs and indigo gentian. :))

      August 20

  • Kitty

    These have all been great suggestions - have to work on Saturday.
    Would love to do more exploring of the area

    1 · August 19

  • Peter D.

    There are some fantastic off-trail destinations close in the Rattlesnake, and if anybody is up for two-day trips, Bass Creek and Rattlesnake have terrific cirques at the back of pretty gentle (for this area) trails in.

    August 19

  • Peter D.

    I'm a co-organizer for the Northern Rockies Explorers group, so this could be good to get more cross-pollination now that I'm back to hiking again.

    1 · August 19

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oooooh. Just remembered there's supposed to be a heron rookery around abouts, too. Maybe save that for spring (better photo ops).

    1 · August 19

  • Sarah C.

    I don't know if I can make it on Saturday or not yet, but a few suggestions for you: The Lee Metcalf nature preserve in Stevi is a beautiful place (especially at sunrise). Besides being a nature preserve, there is an old abandonned home (that was actually my great grandfather's). You can't get into it, but it is in an "as left" condition" and it is fun to look in the windows. I admit I am biased to it. But you could plan a day on the Bitterroot and visit a few places. If you'd like, we could set this as a recurring thing, where onces a week/month (I suggest month) you pick a different place to visit/explore. I think it would be fun to see some of the backroads of MT!

    2 · August 19

    • Kyle K.

      That's a great idea! Thanks! I'm thinking weekly'd be better, myself. If you know of any other out of the way areas, or buildings/compounds, let me know.

      August 19

  • Lauren M.

    I can't make it this Sat, but I would love to explore this fall! :)

    1 · August 19

    • Kyle K.

      We'll keep ya updated!

      August 19

  • Kyle Kulseth changed the date and time to Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    August 19

  • Kyle Kulseth changed the location to Liquid Planet

    August 19

  • Sarah C.

    Kyle, What did you have in mind for this meetup!

    August 18

    • Kyle K.

      Well, I didn't necessarily have anything specific in mind, YET. I just thought it might be kind of a cool, exciting thing for folks to do in the Fall. Do you know of places/have anything in mind?

      August 18

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