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Bitterroot Forest Plans Project on Big Creek Trail

Big Creek
The Big Creek drainage, looking west. (Google Earth)
There’s about 500 feet of the Big Creek Trail that’s been damaged by erosion and run-off.

Starting next week, the Bitterroot National Forest will send in a Montana Conservation Crew (MCC) on the Stevensville Ranger District to rebuild that section, which is near mile post 9 on the trail.

It’s a steep section about a quarter mile below Big Creek Lake. Hikers and horsepeople call it “the stairs” or “the ladder.” The work will start Tuesday June 19th and should take about a month, according to officials.

The trail will not be closed during the repairs. However, there will be construction delays and impassable times of about an hour each. So, officials are advising no recreational stock use of the popular trail during the 30 days.

The MCC crew will also repair more than 50 check dams on the trail, to prevent erosion in those areas, too. The work is being funded by the Ravalli County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). That committee, which includes members of the general public, yearly examines project ideas that benefit National Forest lands and Ravalli County ecosystems.

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