Books by Willie and Jeanne Worthy
We hope you enjoy reading and using these books as much as we enjoyed exploring western Montana for the best 4x4 trails to share with you.
We recently found out from our readers that several routes in our first book “4x4 Routes of Western Montana” may or may not be still open to vehicle usage. We have not been able to confirm the information we have received at this time. As we stated on page 5: “However, some closures may have taken place after this book was published. If in doubt, always check with the proper land management agency.” In this instance it would be the U.S. Forest Service, Pintler Ranger District, 88 Business Loop, Philipsburg, MT 59858, 406-859-3211. However you will most likely not be able to talk to anyone with knowledge of these routes.
On page 97 “Turn off to Elliot Lakes” may be closed.
On page 100 “Optional Route to Mt. Ben Lake” may be closed.
On page 130 “Junction 2 turn off to Ivanhoe Mine” may be closed.
On page 135 “Snow Cap Mine Route” may be closed.
On page 174 this route which runs along the south side of Boulder Creek may be closed.
On pages 214, 215, and 216 “Tree Slide Road Route” may now be closed.
NOTE: In "4x4 Routes of Western Montana" under the Deer Lodge-Dempsey Basin, Carruthers Lake Route, both Mountain Ben Lake and Elliot Lake are closed to 4x4 vehicles and are ONLY OPEN to ATV/OHVs according to Beaverhead Deer Lodge National Forest representatives, Will Spoutis, recreation specialist, and Jocelyn Dodge, recreation forester. BHDL NF is currently working on their motor vehicle travel plan and will then issue a motor vehicle user map. We will let you know when they will be taking public comments here and on our Facebook page.