The Bob Marshall Wilderness extends south from Glacier National Park and is managed by the US Forest Service. This amazing tract is the source of the South Fork of the Flathead River - probably our best paddle in Montana.
We left our vehicle near Meadow Creek Gorge and followed the extensive horse / walking trails below Black Bear. Our two riverside camps were adjacent to stunning river rock formations.
Canyon Tributary of the South Fork Flathead River
Meadow Creek Gorge
Bridge over Meadow Creek Gorge
John Mclaine surveying the South Flathead River (view south)
The central rapid became a significant portage
Black Bear Creek entering the South Fork.
Black Bear Creek Cascades
The beautiful aqua water is highlighted in the late afternoon light.
River cavern 1
River cavern 2
The Jonster off to stash the bear canisters.
Dusk on the river.
Flood eroded bedrock.
Dusk on the river 2
Black Bear Camp and stables.
Black Bear Ranger Cabin
The wilderness phone. Black Bear.
Flood hewn rock spire.
Intransigent trees anchored to bedrock spire.
Below Mid Creek Take Out.
River shingles at sunrise.
The Mid Creek Takeout.
North of Meadow Creek Gorge.
Our height profile and mid trip distance of 16.3km before paddling.