Lewis & Clark In MT LbNA # 9916 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Aug 1 2004|
*** Part of my Lewis & Clark Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (slight hill, 100 yards RT)
In the late summer of 1805 Lewis and Clark made their way through southwestern Montana in search of a way across the mountains to the headwaters of the Columbia River. Their trek would take them from Three Forks up the Jefferson to Twin Bridges. From there they made their way up the Beaverhead River to present day Dillon and then further to Horse Prairie, at the west end of which is Lemhi Pass, which leads over the continental divide into Idaho and the Columbia drainage. On August 9 Lewis and three men moved off to scout the Lemhi Pass. The trip would take him across the Great Divide on a mountain summit at the edge of the Louisiana Purchase. With this view across the mountains ahead, he could see the death of a dream. The "River of the West," the "Northwest Passage," the river of commerce through flat, open land that would connect two oceans, the route they had been sent to find, did not exist. However, through Sacagawea, they were able to negotiate for the necessary horses to continue their trip over the mountains to the Columbia drainage. Today, you can visit Lemhi Pass and take in the same view Lewis did while looking for this microbox.
From Dillon, Montana, take Interstate Highway 15 south 19 miles to Clark Canyon Dam. Turn west, onto State Highway 324 and drive about 21 miles to the junction of Trail Creek Road, a gravel road joining Highway 324 from the west. Continue west on Trail Creek Road for 12 miles to Lemhi Pass and go to Sacajawea Memorial Park and park by the restrooms.
Walk north down the path past an interpretive sign and turn right (south) at the fork in the path. Walk past 2 picnic tables to a third longer table. From its far end, continue 10 steps to a large tree. The microbox is at its base on the right side under some rocks. Please re-cover well.
Note, the box is no longer in its normal spot, as per this note from a geocacher. If you find the box, please put it where it belongs and let me know. Thanks.
"Today while at Lemhi Pass I found your letterbox. It was sitting on the large picnic table, with the lid off and the stamp sitting on the table. I put everything back in the film canister, then put it underneath the big picnic table, with a couple rocks piled on top. As a geocacher, I know how bad it can be when someone messes with your hide. I hope you can get your letterbox back in shape soon."