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The Bob Marshall, Scapegoat, and Great Bear wilderness areas take up 1.5 million rugged, roadless, remote acres within the Flathead National Forest. Preservation pioneer, forester, and cofounder of the Wilderness Society, Bob Marshall pushed Congress in 1964 to create the wilderness area that bears his name. Since then, little has altered the landscape, which runs 60 mi along the Continental
Divide. More than 1,000 mi of trails enter the wilderness from near Seeley Lake at Pyramid Pass Trail and Holland Lake at Pyramid Pass, Condon’s Lion Creek Pass, and Smith Creek Pass, where hikers are sure to meet outfitters and packhorses. An old airstrip at Shafer Meadows is used for float parties on the wild white-water Middle Fork of the Flathead.
This town of 900, site of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s first Forest Service ranger station, is a destination for wilderness adventurers...