Let’s get this straight: Jack does NOT like to change out of his sweatpants.
He’s much more of a “stay in and enjoy the great indoors” kind of guy.
But that’s all going to change this summer thanks to the leadership of his new BFF, Lithia Ford of Missoula.
The two have partnered up to put together a plan of action for making this summer a memorable one, and they’re going to make sure you benefit as well.
So what do you need to do? Join Jack in peeling off those crusty winter sweatpants, go put some freaking gas in the car finally and rouse your friends from their winter hibernation – cuz it’s time to hit the road!
So, let’s kick off our first adventure and head a little south to the Bitterroot Valley.
Here are a few of our favorite day hikes:
An easy 1.5 mile hike to a beautiful vantage point of the stunning Blodgett Canyon. To get to the trailhead, turn onto Bowman Rd. from US-93. Take Bowman Rd. to Ricketts Rd. Follow Ricketts Rd. to a four-way stop. Continue through the four-way stop onto Blodgett Camp Rd. Follow Blodgett Camp Rd. and turn left onto FR-735 which leads to the trailhead, which shares a parking lot with the Canyon Creek trailhead.
An easy family friendly day hike of just 1.2 miles that ends at an alpine lake in the shadow of Trapper Peak. Additionally, those who want a bit more hiking can follow Baker Creek another short mile up to Middle Lake and Gem Lake. The Baker Lake Trail is also an alternative route up Trapper Peak itself.The drive to Baker Lake trailhead is long but very scenic, featuring an excellent viewpoint on the right hand side a little less than a mile from the parking area.
The Baker Lake Trailhead is southwest of Darby. From Missoula, take HWY 93 south through Darby and turn right onto HWY 473 after 4 miles, which is West Fork Road (follows the west fork of the Bitterroot River).
Pass the Trapper Creek Job Corps Center on the right and turn right on 363 after 7 miles. Follow 363 to 5634 and turn right onto 5634 and follow that 9 miles to the Baker Lake Trailhead.
Enjoy glimpses of the raging creek, spring wildflowers, views up scree slopes to rocky cliffs, and shady forest. From Florence, drive 6.9 miles south on Highway 93. Turn right (west) onto Kootenai Creek Road, marked with a brown Forest Service Sign for Kootenai Creek. Drive 2 miles to the trailhead.
Here are a few of our favorite places to camp:
A pair of alpine lakes at the top of Lost Horse Canyon on the edge of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. There’s a developed campground with a nice grassy beach. A long, dirt road climbing some 20 miles up Lost Horse Canyon provides unique access to the central mountains of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.
The canyon is also climber’s heaven, with Yosemite-quality boulders dotting a wide valley beneath towering wilderness routes. Dozens of unimproved campsites line the road, and two developed campgrounds, Schumaker and Bear Creek Pass, await travelers at top of the canyon.
Lost Horse road is just past Hamilton!
Lake Como Campground
Twelve sites in a single-loop campground located on the shores of Lake Como. It’s popular with recreationists who wish to boat and swim in the lake. Vault toilets, drinking water, and water/sewage hookups for RVs are available here. Camping costs $14 per day (with a $2 surcharge for hookups) for up to 14 days.
Take US 93-S to Lake Como Rd in Ravalli County
A few places to fill your belly & quench your thirst:
Bitter Root Brewery is proud to be one of the oldest breweries in the state. The brewery produces over 40 different styles of beer a year with 11 on draft at their tap room at all times. Matching the brewers’ passion, Bitter Root Brewery’s kitchen team creates dishes primarily from scratch with the best local or organic ingredients whenever possible.
Stop by and enjoy the excellent selection of local and traveling musicians every Thursday and Saturday evening from 6pm to 8pm.
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Hit the Road Jack is brought to you ALL SUMMER long by Jack and his new pal, Lithia Ford of Missoula – where you can now get $19.99 oil changes and convenient service help every single day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays!