Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blodgett Campground

Location: Near Hamilton, Montana
Duration: Varies
Season: Spring - Fall
Distance: N/A
Difficulty: Easy

This campground is located at the base of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, the third largest Wilderness in the Lower 48. This Wilderness forms a rugged, glacier-carved border between Idaho and Montana.

The area is dominated by ridges broken up with raw granite peaks. Below the ridges are deep canyons covered with thick coniferous forest. This vast wild land is one of the roughest mountain areas on earth, a country of high ridges dropping off into steep-walled canyons. The barren peaks don't hint at the dense forests below, where a number of streams and more than 100 lakes offer excellent trout fishing and wildlife habitat.

Blodgett Campground is a small beautifully maintained campground with approximately ten sites. Each site offers a fire ring with a grill, picnic table, and parking. There’s one pit toilet, no water except for Blodgett Creek (so treat it) and all garbage must be packed out.

Being located just outside the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness affords numerous activities. There’s wonderful trout fishing in the creek, an easy trail that hikes up the magnificent Blodgett Canyon, which boasts some of the largest balolithic spires in the Northwest.

The campground may be used as a take off spot for a backpack trip up Blodgett Pass into the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness or as a base camp for any one of a hundred rock climbs. There are equestrian facilities and the trail is very horse friendly. Mountain bikes may only be taken up the trail to the wilderness boundary.

Camping, day use, and parking are free. There are bears in the area and they do frequent the campground, so as always keep a clean camp. The local bears still have fear of humans and quickly run away when you make your presence known. Also, fire restrictions may apply in late summer. Check the information board for any restrictions. This is a free campground with a five-day limit on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Directions: Drive Southwest on US Highway 93 for about 44 miles and then turn right (West) onto Bowman Road at the cement plant. If you cross the silver bridge on Highway 93, you’ve gone too far. Go 0.6 miles on Bowman Road and turn left (South) onto Ricketts Road, stay on rickets Road for 2 miles, taking a 90-degree turn to a four-way intersection. Continue straight on what becomes Blodgett Camp Road for 4 miles to Blodgett Campground and Trailhead. There are signs, however don’t take the left that leads to the Canyon Creek Trailhead.

For a map, pictures and more info click on Blodgett Campground

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