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Heading to Montana for a backpacking fishing trip looking at Fish Lake, Hackney and Lost Horse Lake middle August 2013. My questions, Are these Lakes crowded and are there other alternative you can recommend?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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I know pretty much nothing of the Bitterroots and they don't seem to be discussed here very often. The author of this page at Summitpost.org should be able to help you out.

http://www.summitpost.org/bitterroot-waters/443953

It looks lovely there. If I didn't have my beloved, alluring Absaroka, tantalizing Tetons, wonderful Winds, and of course the glorious Gros Ventre so close by I'd be tempted.

Wherever you end up going have an awesome time Fridge.


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Never done much hiking in the Bitterroots beyond a few short day hikes years ago.  But they are very popular in the western part of the state  - Missoula, Hamiton, etc.

Beware that they experienced severe fires a number of years ago so be prepared for some extensive areas that have been burned and are far from recovered.


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Thanks for the info. I greatly appreciate it.

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Large fires this year as well....................
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I bpacked in the West Big Hole Wilderness In Montana in 1999. Hiked up to Berry and Timberline Lakes right on the divide looking down on the Idaho side.

Beautiful country, very thick timber, lots of water and lots of mosquitoes and Elk. No people anywhere up at the lakes. Had to OT a short distance to them and it was fairly steep but easy.

Not a particularly large area conducive to thru hikes but nice 5-10 mile hikes and back.

And yes, because there is so much thick black timber in, dry years fire would be a concern I assume. Was a very wet July when I was there.

Oh and nice Cutts in the lakes to 15-16 inches and Brookies in the creek walking up.

Overall this is a low level use area, which I enjoyed.
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We plan on a base in Missoula and could easily head up to Bob Marshall Wilderness. I guess I'll call some local guides and the Rangers to check the Bitterroots area I mentioned.

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