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The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, located in the Flathead National Forest consists of the Great Bear Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness Areas covering more than 1.5 million acres. The Bob Marshall Wilderness extends for 60 miles (95 km) along the Continental Divide with elevations varying from 5,000 feet to over 9,000 feet.
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Area was named after an early forester, Bob Marshall who also cofounded the Wilderness Society. For more information on Bob Marshall, the man, you may want to read A Wilderness Original: The Life of Bob Marshall by James M. Glover.
This area contains numerous waterfalls, lakes and forests sustaining the wildlife which includes moose, elk, black bear, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, wolves, osprey, bald eagles, trumpeter swans and more. The grizzly bear population in the Bob Marshall is the second highest in the US after Alaska.
Big game hunting, fishing, hiking, floating, canoeing, wild berry picking and studying rocks and fossils are some of the many activities for the outdoor enthusiasts.
The wilderness area can be accessed by trails from surrounding roads. To the north is US Highway 2 which separates the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area from Glacier National Park. Other access points include US Highways 89 and 287 to the east and Montana Highways 200 and 83 are to the south.
Dedicated to the restoration of the trail system and wilderness values in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Volunteers wanted for trail projects and outfitter trips.
Bob Marshall Wilderness
Administration contact information. (From the National Wilderness Preservation System database.)
Bob Marshall Wilderness
Description, travel articles, ranger contacts, trail descriptions. (Part of the Gorp web site.)
Glacier-Bob Marshall Wildands
A description of the ecosystem with map, by the Montana Wilderness Association. Contact the Flathead Chapter on 406-755-6304 for details on their free hikes in the area.
Million Acres of Wilderness
Extensive description of "the Bob" and its history, geography and major access trails, with photos. (Part of the Pathfinder web site.)
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Montana's Bob Marshall Country by Rick and Susie Graetz and Rick Graetz. This book is "the bible on the Bob". It explores in detail the history, geography, geology, and weather of Montana's Bob Marshall country, helping readers get the most out of their time spent in this amazing and beloved wilderness area. Order now...
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness 2nd Edition by Erik Molvar"the bible on the Bob". It explores in detail the history, geography, geology, and weather of Montana's Bob Marshall country, helping readers get the most out of their time spent in this amazing and beloved wilderness area. Order now...
Trail Riding Western Montana by Carellen Barnett. This trail guide is full of tips on the best trails for horses, equine first aid and preparing for the rigors of backcountry riding. Forty-nine trail descriptions include maps and photos and provide information for a short day rides and extended pack trips. Order now...
A Wilderness Original: The Life of Bob Marshall by James M. Glover. There is much more to Marshall than the Montana wilderness bearing his name. Glover brings to life an immensely energetic fighter for wilderness and humanitarian causes in the 1930s. Highly recommended for history, conservation, and recreation collections at all levels. Order now...
Moon Montana, 8th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Judy Jewell and Bill McRae. This book journeys from Yellowstone to the eastern prairies, highlighting the best of the Big Sky Country. Whether it's cross-country skiing at Glacier National Park or observing elk at Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge this book has all the information needed. Order now...
Montana Adventure Guide by Genevieve Rowles. Offering coverage of the history, culture, geography and climate, this book also looks at wilderness trips in Montana, USA. Areas featured include Flathead and Clearwater Mountains, and fly-fishing, Nordic skiing, rock-hounding and overnight hiking excursions are all covered. Order now...
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