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Jeff Gerke
(mtnrunner) - M

Locale: Utah
Routes from S Fk of the Flathead to N Fk of the Sun on 07/28/2014 10:56:56 MDT Print View

I'm doing a loop in the Bob starting in a couple days. I'm trying to decide what route I want to take from the S Fk of the Flathead over to the N Fk of the Sun. One option would be to go over Pagoda Mtn and Larch Hill Pass. I've heard Pagoda is pretty nice. Another option I am considering is going up Mid Creek and taking a left at the first trail junction and going over Mid Mountain, drop into Silvertip Creek, go over Ibex Mtn and then make my way over to Larch Hill Pass. Have any of you guys been up Mid Creek and Mid Mountain? I was reading an account of Ryan Jordan talking about nasty dead fall in Mid Creek. I called the Spotted Bear Ranger Station and they said Mid Creek has been cleared out but they did not know the status of the trail that splits off and goes over Mid Mountain. Anyway, just wondering if the Mid Creek/Mid Mountain route would be a good one. Doesn't seem to be very popular.

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
Re: Routes from S Fk of the Flathead to N Fk of the Sun on 07/29/2014 07:45:33 MDT Print View

Jeff, I've not hiked that section, but did walk by the junction on the Silvertip Creek trail last year. It looked decently well used. That ridge looks like good deer and elk country, and my guess would be that it gets a bit of horse traffic during hunting season.

The Pagoda/Larch combo is a good one, but you miss out on those final miles (assuming you're floating) down to Mid Creek, which are excellent.

Jeff Gerke
(mtnrunner) - M

Locale: Utah
Re: Re: Routes from S Fk of the Flathead to N Fk of the Sun on 07/29/2014 11:35:22 MDT Print View

Thanks David. We are floating. If we are ahead of schedule we will take the Mid Creek route for sure. It would make our route about 15 miles longer than if we go over Pagoda. That's a good thing if we have the time.