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Blacktail / Wild Bill ORV Trail - Montana
Last Post 23 Apr 2009 09:04 PM by Craig Miller. 5 Replies.
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Craig Miller
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22 Apr 2009 10:34 PM

    Anyone have any solid info on this BFG Best Trail in Montana?

     

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    23 Apr 2009 05:58 AM
    From: http://www.off-road.com/trailsevents/News:+All/BFGoodrich-Tires-Recognizes-BlacktailWild-Bill-Nat/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/522866

    Kalispell, Mont. – June 9, 2008 – Located near Blacktail Mountain Ski Area in the area known as “The Island Unit” of the Swan Ranger District on the Flathead National Forest in Northwest Montana, the Blacktail/Wild Bill National Recreation Trail was honored last weekend by BFGoodrich® Tires as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails. More than 75 off-road enthusiasts and members of the Skyliners Four Wheel Drive club were in attendance as BFGoodrich Tires presented a grant to the club’s president. The grant will be used to preserve the trail and continue conservation efforts for one of America’s picture-perfect areas for off-roading.

    BFGoodrich Tires, working in conjunction with Tread Lightly!® and United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA), chose the Blacktail/Wild Bill National Recreation Trail as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails because of its varying obstacles and spectacular views. The trail also offers several opportunities for dirt bikes, ATV’s, snowmobiles and mountain bike enthusiasts to enjoy the 13-mile journey through the Flathead National Forest.

    “The Blacktail/Wild Bill National Recreation Trail is unique in the world of off-roading because it has the perfect combination of obstacles and spectacular views making it a special fit for the 2008 Outstanding Trails program,” said Joe Mazur, light truck brand category manager for BFGoodrich Tires. “We’re honored to partner with the Skyliners Four Wheel Drive Club to help in the conservation efforts for this amazing off-road trail.”

    The Skyliners Four Wheel Drive Club is a non-profit, family oriented organization and supports Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation within the spirit of Tread Lightly. The club works in conjunction with other area clubs to assist in the maintenance and preservation of existing 4WD OHV opportunities and the creation of new opportunities where possible.

    “We are so honored to have the Blacktail/Wild Bill National Recreation Trail named as one of the 2008 Outstanding Trails,” said Ivan Carpenter, president of Skyliners Four Wheel Drive Club. “This trail is unique in that it was one of the first trails to become a national recreational trail. Secondly, it is one of the few trails that also offers opportunities for dirt bikes, ATV’s, snowmobiles and mountain bikes. We are very pleased that this grant money can be used for the future of preserving this trail for everyone.”

    Launched in 2006, the BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program is dedicated to the responsible use, and preservation of, off-road trails while providing aid in the trails’ conservation efforts. Over the past two years, the Outstanding Trails program has recognized 11 off-road trails in nine states and one in Canada. The program has also given $42,000 in grants to clubs and seen more than 1,700 participants in trail events.

    The following additional five trails have also been selected as part of the 2008 BFGoodrich Tires Outstanding Trails program:

    · BlackCat Trail located on Superstition Mountain near San Diego, California
    · Iron Range OHV Recreational Area in Gilbert, Minnesota
    · Quinn Trail that leads to Quinn Lake in Ottawa, Canada
    · Pritchett Canyon, one of the toughest trails in Moab, Utah
    · Beasley Knob OHV trail located near Blairsville, Georgia
    To learn more about these trails, visit the Outstanding Trails Web site at www.bfgoodrichtires.com/outstandingtrails.

    Both Tread Lightly! And UFWDA are non-profit organization dedicated to responsible and ethical outdoor recreation. BFGoodrich Tires collaborated with these two groups to select the finest off-road trails, and will continue to work with these organizations on restoration and education initiatives.

    Tread Lightly!

    Tread Lightly! is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to proactively protect recreation access and opportunities. Tread Lightly!'s strategic educational message, along with its training and restoration initiatives are designed to instill an ethic of responsibility in outdoor enthusiasts and the industries that serve them. The program is long-term in scope with a goal to balance the needs of the people who enjoy outdoor recreation with the needs of the environment and it’s leading the way to help remedy current and future recreation issues. Tread Lightly! is proud to be recognized by the USDA Forest Service and its partner actively engaged in collaborating to implement solutions to the problem associated with outdoor recreation.

    United Four Wheel Drive Associations (UFWDA)

    United Four Wheel Drive Associations is the world’s leading representative of all-brand four wheel-drive enthusiasts. UFWDA benefits, developed and tested true over the past 30 years, include four wheel drive safety and awareness education; user ethics programs such as adopt-a-road, conservation volunteer, and volunteer trail patrol; assistance with new club formation; education seminars to aid four wheelers through complex state and federal programs affecting trail access; Internet forums designed to connect members globally and instantaneously; and unrestrained member access to its full-time legislative advocate and nationally-recognized attorney working exclusively for four wheel drive enthusiasts to protect access and prevent road and trail closures. For more information on the UFWDA log on to www.ufwda.org or call toll free 1-800-44-UFWDA (800-448-3932).

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    23 Apr 2009 05:59 AM
    From: http://bigforkeagle.com/articles/2009/02/25/sports/doc49a487f94c2cc685285080.txt

    USFS to propose motorized trail system on Blacktail
    Posted: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2009 - 02:20:13 pm PST
    By JACOB DORAN
    Bigfork Eagle





    The Flathead National Forest’s Swan Lake Ranger District may soon release a proposed action to create a motorized trail system on Blacktail Mountain.

    A letter was sent out in October of 2007 to determine if sufficient interest in such a trail system existed to warrant a proposed action, and project leader Andrew Johnson says the letter generated a significant amount of public comment, indicating that the interest does exist.

    “Right now, it’s just an idea,” Johnson said. “But we will probably carry it forward in the next six months more formally. We’ve gotten a lot of comments expressing interest in expanding motorized vehicle activity in the Flathead National Forest, in general, and we’ve seen a resurgence of interest in it in the last few years.”

    The Swan Lake Ranger District initially proposed adding more opportunities for motorized recreation in the Island Unit portion of the district, which includes Blacktail Mountain. Specifically, the proposal focused on adding several miles of trail to an existing system — approximately 12 miles in length — below the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area.


    The existing motorized trail, identified as the Blacktail/Wild Bill OHV trail, accommodates conventional 4-wheel drive vehicles such as Jeeps and is currently the only trail system in the Flathead National Forest that is open to full-size motor vehicles.

    Flathead National Forest contains approximately 150 miles of trails that are open to motor vehicles, but the majority is also open to hiking, horses and bicycle use. Approximately 125 miles of those trails restrict motorized use by all vehicles except motorcycles. Of the remaining 25 miles, just 13 miles are open to both motorcycles and ATVs 50 inches or less in width.

    The October 2007 letter stated that the Swan Lake Ranger District was considering the addition of three types of trails to the existing system, including new loops that would serve as Jeep trails open to full-size off-road vehicles, new loops open only to ATV’s 50 inches or less in width, and a number of technical braids intended to incorporate challenge features.

    “Initially, when that letter went out over a year ago, we did receive a lot of comment,” Johnson said. “Many of them were people who expressed interest in motorized vehicle operation such as ATVs. Some were interested in more non-motorized recreation. It generated a lot of comment, which is great. We really wanted to get good community involvement from the start to shape a good, solid proposal, and that’s what [the letter] has done.”

    The current proposal would place new Jeep trails in the Wild Bill Mountain and Stoner Creek areas, utilizing approximately 19 miles of existing roads in the areas to the east and west of the Blacktail Mountain Ski Area. The proposed roads were formerly used for logging but were eventually closed off. The routes would likely connect to either the Blacktail/Wild Bill trail system or to other roads currently open for public use.

    “We have very limited resources, financially, to maintain or construct new trails,” Johnson said. “That is why we want to work in partnership with the community, not only in the design but for the long-term upkeep of those trails. We’re asking the community to step up to the plate and help us build it and then help us maintain it, because we don’t have the funding to do that.

    “Those old roads make great opportunities for trails, because they’re already there. What we propose is making use of the existing road network as much as we can and do it with community partners to help us maintain it.”

    The Swan Lake Ranger District is presently considering motorized trail routes on both the east side of Blacktail Mountain, above Lakeside, and on the west side closer to Kila and Browns Meadow.

    Before such a trail system could be created, the Forest Service would need to conduct a detailed analysis of environmental and social effects. Johnson said the district will likely present a proposed action in the spring, at which time meetings would be held and the public invited to comment.

    Johnson said several motorized user groups have expressed special interest in the project, including the Skyliners 4x4 group out of Polson and the Big Sky Four Wheelers group, which is based primarily in the Kalispell area. These and other motorized user groups, who previously formalized partnerships with the Forest Service to maintain and improve the existing trail system, are anxious to expand their partnerships with the new project.

    However, some non-motorized users have expressed concern with the proposal. Johanna Bangman, who lives in Lakeside and has long been active with the Foys to Blacktail Trails project, said she only recently learned that such a proposal was being considered.

    “I live in Lakeside, and there aren’t any hiking trails here,” Bangman said. “Some people in Lakeside would like to create a non-motorized trail on the east side of Blacktail that would go up and connect with the Foys to Blacktail Trail. Some would like Blacktail to remain non-motorized. It’s hard to share hiking trails with motorized vehicles.”

    Bangman said that while she is concerned that dust will become a greater issue with more motorized use, she believes both motorized and non-motorized use could be accommodated in areas separate from one another.

    Johnson said that any new trails added to the existing trail system would also be open to non-motorized use. Although exclusively non-motorized trails are not currently being considered, he said the Forest Service remains open to further discussion.
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    Craig Miller
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    23 Apr 2009 07:33 AM

    Yes, I've seen the BF Goodrich stuff. I'm looking for some personal experience, GPX tracks, maps, photos, etc.

    More than anything I'm curious about how long it is. My initial research last night gave me the impression that it was only 5.4 miles long, though the BFG blurb says it is 13 (possibly extended during the FS project in your second post). This seems a little short to make a road trip from WA, but it might be doable along with other trails/twin track in the area.

    Craig

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    23 Apr 2009 07:32 PM
    Craig Miller
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    23 Apr 2009 09:04 PM
    That helps a lot! Thanks Rueben. :)
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