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jeepwoman 12-13-2012 09:51 PM

might be moving to Montana...
Might have to move from Michigan to Montana for my husbands work. Please tell me anything about your state to make me feel better about this...leaving family is so hard to think about doing. :-/

Remyhowens 12-13-2012 10:55 PM

What part of MT are you headed to if I may?

JPi1 12-13-2012 11:00 PM

Frank Zappa sang a song called "Movin to Montana"

jeepwoman 12-14-2012 07:32 AM

Nye or billings...not quite sure yet

Remyhowens 12-16-2012 11:02 PM

Can't give you too much about Billings....I'm not a huge fan. You are relatively close (any drive less than two hours is close in MT) to Bozeman and Big Sky Ski Resort. You're also going to be close-ish to Yellowstone National Park which is always gorgeous. Great fishing and camping along the Yellowstone River. A lot of historical and Lewis and Clark sites. You will have to pick on whether you are going to be a Bobcat or a Grizzly fan. That's a requirement.

jeepwoman 12-18-2012 12:35 PM

Thanks for the reply! I thought this thread was dead's a big decision regardless (24 hour drive to see family) but the biggest factor is the kids. We both want safe small towns like we are near now and property. But that's a whole other topic. We have been discussing it a lot and the only solution we both see is him moving out there first and finding a place for us when he isn't working. He does have a friend he can stay with so that would help. Its just so far away!

Raif 12-19-2012 08:32 PM

Montana is the most gorgeous spot on Earth that I have ever laid eyes on.... There are many different sides to the state as well. You can be in an arid, sandy environment, to a high altitude thickly forested area with an hour or two of driving. If you are into the natural world at all; this is the place!
That was in late MAY!
The Jeepin' is great too!

Vroooom 12-19-2012 08:34 PM


Ferrin86TJ 12-20-2012 08:57 PM

The mountains are beautiful. Lots of open roads and great jeeping trails all over. Like the person said above, your a short distance from many great features. The air is clean here and people are friendly. Best wishes for you and your family!

Crazyndn 03-09-2013 04:00 PM

I've only been through MT for a week when I was driving from Fairbanks down to Georgia. Stayed in Bozeman with a friend. Mind you, I wasn't there working, didn't own a Jeep then('06 EVO IX MR instead) but loved it. Only went through billings on the way out, but just the state in general was awesome. If you're an outdoors type of person, other than I'd say Canadia or Alaska, this would be the place... and maybe WA and ID, but I didn't get to spend much time in either outdoors for it not being working.

Crazyndn 03-09-2013 04:13 PM

Actually, I might end back up there here in about a month or so for work now that I'm out of the Army. If everything checks out, I'll be on the move soon. Can't wait to find out.

2Gringos 03-09-2013 05:00 PM

You're going to love Montana. Michigan ain't bad, away from the cities, but Montana is a breath of fresh air. It's one of the most freedom loving places in the US.

I don't live there, I live in the Caribbean, but we have property up in the Rockies and spend our hurricane seasons up there in a travel trailer. My long time best friend for the past 40 plus years runs a fly fishing lodge there, named Blue Damsel Lodge. Try trout fishing on the streams there. You'll be 'hooked'.

Crazyndn 03-10-2013 03:46 AM

Strange how everyone's response on here but his doesn't have ads with it....
Fly fishing isn't bad though. It's better up in AK.

Crazyndn 03-10-2013 03:47 AM

And now his doesn't have ads. Craziness. Oh well, crash time for me ladies and genitals.

2Gringos 03-11-2013 06:30 AM

yeah, try to bash someone and end up looking kinda foolish. Figure it out yet?

Remyhowens 03-11-2013 03:10 PM

Blue Damsel......that happen to be around where they have the Testy Festy

Crazyndn 03-11-2013 10:59 PM

At first, it did look like you was like an Ad bot type of thing, but if you look at the other threads, it drops all these ads below the last person to post. Sorry to come up like that, don't mind word of mouth, but with the auto-ad thing it looked more than that.

In other news, I think I'm going to be moving to Miles City area and Bozeman on time off.


2Gringos 03-18-2013 08:58 AM


Originally Posted by Remyhowens (Post 3489471)
Blue Damsel......that happen to be around where they have the Testy Festy

I haven't been to visit the lodge yet. Maybe try to get up there this summer when we hopefully leave here for hurricane season. We hope to start spending summers up in the Rockies and off this island. The manager of the lodge was my best friend through high school and we were roommates at the University of Texas. I have no commercial ties to the place at all. But if you'd pick up a six pack and stop by and ask Keith to show you around and talk trout'd make a new friend and good local contact. tell him I sent you. It'll freak him out.

He has a CJ with a V8 up there, by the way. And he's a decent blues guitarist if you like to jam. The Lodge is at Rock Creek.

duffer 03-18-2013 12:12 PM

Nye would be really nice-the Beartooth's, IMO, are the most beautiful mtns in the lower 48-most area above 10,000'. Sort of round-about, but Morrison Jeep trail is off the Redlodge-Cooke City highway and a nice ride. East Rosebud canyon is the twin of Yosemite NP. Also some really nice high elevation trails out of Cooke City-Lulu pass and the Goose Lake road. Hope you like to fish.

A few pics of our Goose Lake trip last summer here:

We live outside Bozeman so usually end up in the Tobacco Root Mountains

And from ECJ5 Re: Post Your Local Trails
I posted this on another forum but have updated it with GPS locations of the starting points.
Here are a few of my Tobacco Root Mountains favorites that are close to home:

South Meadow Creek, FS 1221. N45 27.606', W111 52.188' McAllister access. My stock JK Rubicon has no problems with it, but a couple of spots you need to pick the line well. Piece of cake for the 3B on 33's. Another trail (6361) branches to the north after the Missouri/McKee mine/mill and tops out on the ridge at South Baldy Mountain (10,105') with a loop option to take Trail 6362 back to the Washington Creek Road.
South Meadow Lake
Missouri/McKee ruins

North Meadow Creek, FS 965/6338/6340. N45 30.817', W111 47.579' McAllister access or take Warm Springs Creek road over the Revenue Flats from Norris. You might get a stock JK/TJ up these but highly likely they will not look too good after the run. Lots of boulders and tight spots and I'm going to say lockers and/or winch necessary but rewards are some great scenery. Lakes include Upper and Lower Twin Lakes, McKelvey, Cliff, Mine (on some maps Alpine), and Kid Lakes.
Lower Twin Lake
Upper Twin
Cliff Lake

N. Meadow to S. Willow Creek, FS160, N45 32.174', W111 52.110' McAllister access. Only a couple miles of real Jeep trail-very steep and can get pretty muddy. A lot of gravel and semi-Jeep road on both ends.

South Boulder River, FS 107. N45 48.187', W111 55.570' Cardwell access. Twenty something miles of gravel with about 4 miles good Jeep trail to Sailor Lake trail head (1/4 mile hike to lake-Trail 7140, another 1/4 mile hike to Globe Lake, and maybe 1.5 mile hike (Trail 7167) to Brannan Lakes. Hiking access to Louise, Curly and Lost Cabin Lakes also off this road. Road passes through the old Mining town of Mammoth.
Upper and Lower Brannan Lakes
Curly Lake

Wisconsin Creek/Noble Fork, FS 6370/8300/6015. N45 27.585', W112 11.836' Sheridan access. Another very scenic area with several lakes, including Crystal, Jackson, Sunrise, Noble, and Blossom. The only one you can directly drive to is Noble Lake. Stock Jeep can probably make all trails but some of the Noble Fork trail where a little more clearence is highly desirable.
Noble Lake
Blossom Lake

Dry Boulder Creek/Boulder Lakes, FS 1007. N45 35.845', W112 14.832' Twin Bridges access. Cake walk into lower Boulder Lake but trail from Lower to Upper Boulder Lake has a couple shelfs where you will want lockers on both ends or you will be running line.
Upper Boulder Lake

Indian Creek, FS 158. N45 27.606', W112 09.853' Sheridan access. Not too challanging but again, nice scenery. Used to be able to drive into Rossiter Lake but FS rebuilt the last 3 to 4 miles of trail for hiking only. Hill Reservoir (breached?-have seen no water in it for a number of years), Taylor Lake (swamp), Oval and Triangle Lakes (both small but nice) also up this drainage.
Rossiter Lake

Pony/Windy Pass/N. Willow/Cataract Creek. N45 39.540', W111 54.232' Many, many prospects and old mines, along with several remains of small mills. Some of this burned summer 2012 and I am not sure what is now open. Cataract Lake is a drive to, Upper and Lower Mason Lakes not much of a hike, but not much for lakes either.
Upper Mason Lake

Literally hundreds of places to wheel in Western Montana. Willie and Jeanne Worthy have published one book on trails around Missoula area and I believe he and Jeanne are working on a couple more.
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