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.
UPDATED INFORMATION ON MCKELVEY & TWIN LAKES: From our "4X4 ROUTES OF SOUTHCENTRAL MONTANA" book.
The closure starts at the "turn-around"/parking area I consider the trailhead to FSR 965 (Mckelvey Lake and Twin Lakes).
Here is what the Madison District had to say:
"Many of you are aware that we have major issues with North Meadow Trail #965/6340. This is the main motorized route that goes up to Lower Twin Lake in the Tobacco Root Mountains. The 5 trail bridges on the route have been deemed unsafe to cross and the trail is closed. This is a big deal. Many of you have contacted me to discuss this issue. First, thank you reaching out. It is my job to listen. Second, we hear you and I am working on it. I reached out to a few motorized groups that many of you are members of, and the support we received is truly inspirational. After a few short phone calls we had commitments of volunteer labor, heavy equipment, and a significant amount of money. What I am working on now is harnessing this energy and starting the process of jumping through the hoops in an attempt to get some boots on the ground in a timely fashion. I want to be completely honest and point out that this process could take some time. There are a lot of moving parts to get lined up and in place. Again, I am working on it and I will do my best to hopefully get a work group into the woods building bridges. Stay tuned for further updates on this trail. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions."