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Trip report: 3 nights on the Maah Daah Hey trail
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Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Trip report: 3 nights on the Maah Daah Hey trail on 10/24/2012 19:40:12 MDT Print View

I just finished a 3 night bikepacking trip on the Maah Daah Hey trail in ND.

Trail report Maah Daah Hey trail on

Early morning ride in the breeze

Edited by Tjaard on 10/24/2012 19:41:56 MDT.

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Trip report: 3 nights on the Maah Daah Hey trail on 10/24/2012 19:52:37 MDT Print View

Awesome, Tjaard! Very cool report

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: 3 nights on the MDH on 10/25/2012 10:19:36 MDT Print View

Great trip and report.

Could you say a bit more about the taxi you took to the start (who, how much, distance) and the logistics of checking a bike on the train? I've long though about a bike and packrafting loop on the MDH, and could take the train from here in Whitefish, making it totally non-car.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
logistics and packraft/bike on 10/25/2012 11:33:01 MDT Print View

I will put logistics info on the route page on , so it is more visible to others.

The packraft idea sounds great, the Little Missouri river intersects the trail at the north end (CCC Camp), the middle (between Elkhorn and Magpie the trail crosses the river) and near the south end at Sully Creek State park.


As you see Elkhorn camp is about a mile up the road from the river, and the National Park Campgrounds in both the North and South unit are on the river. Since they are accessed by road, that means you could bike to or from there as well. The rest of the NP is Wilderness and so off-limit to bikes.

So you could ride from CCC south, detouring around the south unit on Buffalo Gap trail and then pull out the raft and float back north.

If you really wanted to, you could do a complete no-car trip by paddling from Williston down the Missouri, through lake Sakakawea and then upstream on the Little Missouri to the trail.

Or even more self propelled: Bike across Glacier from whitefish and get on the a tributary of the Missouri then float that!

Edited by Tjaard on 10/25/2012 12:34:08 MDT.

Erik Basil

Locale: Atzlan
Gear List on 12/04/2012 09:17:40 MST Print View

Tjaard, can you tell us more about your gear list, food and cooking?

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Gear on 12/05/2012 12:38:24 MST Print View

We used a Jetboil SoLTi with 100 g cartridge, homemade windscreen and used the Jetboil bottom cover as a cup and lid.
We ate quick cook oats with powdered milk, raisins and nuts and added shots of liquid 'I can't believe it's not butter' to it to boost calories.
For lunch/snacks we took Lu brand 'little schoolboys', Probars, nuts, jerky, chocolate, super old Dutch cheese, true artisan hard salami and and snickers bars.
For dinner we had freeze dried meals with desert of the above and cocoa.

Tjaard Breeuwer
(Tjaard) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Gear list on 01/06/2013 19:30:58 MST Print View

I added my full list to the gear list forum:

gear list

Edited by Tjaard on 01/29/2013 10:42:44 MST.

Travis Leanna
(T.L.) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Packrafting on 01/18/2013 14:44:20 MST Print View

Awesome stuff, Tjaard.

David, have you done any more thinking on a packrafting/hiking trip on the MDH?

Haven't looked too much, but it appears that if you start in the middle of the trail where the Little Missouri crosses, you could do a figure-8 combo. Hike south, catch the river and raft all the way to the northern terminus, then hike south to your car.

Edited by T.L. on 01/18/2013 14:58:02 MST.