Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest

Snowmobiling
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Snowmobiling is a very popular activity on the Wisdom Ranger District, and people of all ages enjoy it. Many areas on the Wisdom District offer opportunities for snowmobiling. Several of the more popular areas are the Hogan Cabin Trail and the Pioneer Mountains Trail System. Snowmobile trails follow Forest Roads on all but the Pioneer Mountains Trail System and a portion of the Ajax Trail System. Trail routes are marked with orange diamonds and known human-made hazards are signed. However, beware that unmarked hazards may exist. Marked and groomed trails are maintained by the Big Hole Snowmobile Club. Maps are available at the Wisdom Ranger District or the Big Hole National Battlefield. Outdoor winter activities require extra safety precautions. Always travel with a group of at least two machines and carry survival equipment. Become familiar with safety rules for the special hazards winter presents, such as avalanches, cornices, whiteouts, blowouts, ice, hypothermia, etc.

Bloody Dick Trail
Length: 13 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Moderate
Access: From Jackson take Highway 278 south 1 mile to the Bloody Dick Road. Follow the plowed road for 8 miles and park.
Narrative: At the end of the plowed road begin snowmobiling two miles to the National Forest boundary, where the ungroomed trail begins. Reservoir Lake is 13 miles from the Forest boundary.

Gibbonsville Trail
Length: 8 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Moderate
Access: From Wisdom drive west 4 miles on Highway 43. Turn south onto the Gibbonsville Road and drive 2 miles to the end of the plowed road.
Narrative: Beware, moose may be watching you as you travel the Gibbonsville Trail. Snowmobile 8 miles along the road to the National Forest where the marked and groomed trail begins. This trail is 8 miles long to the Big Hole Pass, which is on the Continental Divide. It continues over the pass into Idaho but is neither groomed or marked beyond the pass.

Miner Lake Trail
Length: 3.6 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Moderate
Access: The Miner Lake Trail starts on the Miner Lake Road, which is located 1/2 mile south of Jackson along Highway 278. Continue driving 5 1/2 miles up Miners Lake Road to the end of the plowed road.
Narrative: Park and begin snowmobiling 1 mile to the Forest boundary where the ungroomed trail begins. Miner Lake is 3 1/2 miles from the Forest boundary.

Pioneer Mountain Trail System
Length: 25 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Moderate
Access: From Wisdom take Highway 43 1/2 miles north to the Steel Creek Road. Park at the end of the plowed road.
Narrative: Snowmobile from the end of the plowed road to the National Forest where the trail begins. This trail system is marked and groomed. Approximately 25 miles of varying difficulty groomed trail exist in the Stewart Meadows Area, with many more miles available on the adjacent Wise River and Dillon Ranger Districts. The Pioneer Mountains snowmobile map, which shows this trail system in detail is available from the Wisdom, River or Dillon Ranger Districts.

Schultz-Johnson Trail
Length: 15 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Moderate
Access: From Wisdom take Highway 43 west 15 miles to the Placer Creek Road #1203 (12 miles east of Lost Trail Pass).
Narrative: The trail begins at the Placer Creek road. The trail is marked and groomed occasionally. It is 15 miles to Schultz Saddle. The trail continues over the pass onto the Sula District, but is not marked or groomed beyond the pass.

Trail Creek Road
Length: 6 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Medium
Access: The Hogan Cabin Trail begins 19 miles west of Wisdom (8 miles east of Lost Trail Pass) along Highway 43.
Narrative: This trail is marked but not groomed. The trail follows Lewis and Clark's historic return route from the Pacific Ocean for six miles to Hogan's Cabin. Cabin rental is available by contacting the Wisdom Ranger District. The trail continues past the cabin for three miles to Gibbons Pass onto the Sula District, but it is not marked beyond the pass.

Twin Lakes/Ajax Lakes Trail System
Length: 12 miles
Recommended Season: Winter-Spring
Use: Moderate
Access: The Twin Lakes/Ajax Lakes Trail system begins along Foothills Road #945, which is located 6 1/2 miles south of Wisdom off Highway 278. Drive 8 miles up to the end of the plowed road.
Narrative: At the end of the plowed road, begin snowmobiling 6 miles to the Forest boundary. The Twin Lakes Trail is groomed about once a month and the Ajax Trail is ungroomed. Each trail is 12 miles one way.


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