White Sulphur Springs, MT and the Lewis and Clark National Forest

Glad we were able to have the pilot car through the heavy equipment

Glad we were able to have the pilot car through the heavy equipment

When we left Billings we went a rocking (and I mean rocking due to road construction) 149 miles north west to the Castle Mountain section of the Lewis and Clark National Forest.  We stopped into the Forest Service ranger station in Harlowton to ask about dispersed camping locations.  The ranger and the office staff were very helpful and told us about some neat places in the forest just outside of White Sulphur Springs.  We wanted to spend a couple of nights dry camping off the beaten path but not at such a high elevation we would be in the snow.  There are two developed campgrounds, Grasshopper and RIchardson in the Castle Mountain section.  Developed is a loose term since the differences between developed and dispersed is you have a picnic table, a vault toilet, and access to a shared water pump.  We’d rather find a quiet, secluded spot off the road and disperse camp.

Rough road ahead - they don't divert to another paved section

Rough road ahead – they don’t divert to another paved section

We found a beautiful place about 6 miles back in on a Forest Service road (near trailhead 713) next to Four Mile Creek.  With all the snowpack run off, the creek was moving fast and so we could hear it all the time from the camper.  There was a large hill with no trees on one side of us and on the other, a heavily wooded mountain.  We hiked up both of them and enjoyed the views.

Lewis and Clark National Forest Dispersed Campsite

Lewis and Clark National Forest Dispersed Campsite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View out our side window

View out our side window

 

View out other side window

View out other side window

 

 

 

 

We went bushwacking and inside of wading the creek- used natural bridge

We went bushwacking and instead of wading the creek- used natural bridge

Bark looks like it melted off trunk

Bark looks like it melted off trunk

After two nights we headed into the town of White Sulphur Springs, pop. 2,500 go to to the Spa Hot Springs Motel to soak in the natural sulphur spring pools.  The word spa is used loosely here.  These are not lavish spa accommodations  at the 32 room hotel and there is no concierge, restaurant, or masseuse.  You can access the natural spring hot pools with a day pass without staying at the motel.  It is a smooth $7 a person to enjoy three different hot pools – 98, 102, and 105 degrees with two outside and one inside.  They drain each of the pools overnight, clean and refill them without chemicals – only the water from the spring.

Not fancy but nice

Not fancy but nice

You can rent a towel for $1.00 and use their showers for no charge.  The changing room/shower rooms are small and pretty open so beware if you don’t like stripping in front of other people.  They are clean and even have a centrifuge to take out the moisture from your swimming suit.

Great place to spend a couple of hours, especially if it is cool outside like it was when we were there.  It was misting rain and 41 degrees which makes being in HOT water feel so much better.

Spa has neat painted murals near two outside pools

Spa has neat painted murals near two outside pools

Next we’ll head over to Great Falls, MT.

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7 Responses to White Sulphur Springs, MT and the Lewis and Clark National Forest

  1. Wendy Moore says:

    Sounds like yall are having a blast. Your Mississippi family misses yall too. When you get a chance holler at Aunt Karen she’s needing to get in touch with ya’ll. Sure be glad to see ya’ll soon!!!!

  2. Marijke Schellenbach says:

    Tried to call you on the 31st just prior to “happy hour” but it went directly to voicemail. Wish you were here along with Ed and Joyce, because we were all happy campers, which is not always the case here. More on that when we talk to you. Bunch of wehwehwehs!

    • gconthemove says:

      Even though we don’t have you two at Happy Hours now, we still use your table. It has seen some neat spots:) We are in Lake Louise now to grab some wifi time. Our phone, internet, etc won’t work until Alaska so will call you then. So far Banff and Lake Louise are waaaaaay toooooo busy for us — on our way back to the woods.

  3. Judy says:

    Wow, Caite. This looks perfect. John and I are enjoying gyour trip. Glad we met you in TX a few months ago, and are not stuck there now!

    • gconthemove says:

      Judy – is your wonderful “escape” vehicle fixed and ready for another road trip for you? What a crazy end you had to your last trip. We are just in Calgary with wi fi access and running behind on posts. We thought of you two while in Great Falls – it is a neat place to ride bikes along the river.

  4. Joyce Davison says:

    Hi guys, love following you on your blog. If you travel through Glacier National Park, my son lives in Columbia Falls on the west side. He works as the meat manager at a Safeway grocery in Whitefish. We are going up to visit him the last of July. Ed and I are nowfull time campers working at a COE park at Lake Rathbun in Iowa. We will be at Foscue Creek next fall until spring of 2017. Hope to see you then……….

    • gconthemove says:

      So glad you are able to travel some this year. We left East side of Glacier today for Calgary – Going to the Sun road is closed for repairs so we just hiked some East park trails. I’ll post pics soon depending on wi fi connection. We’ll be back in Foscue spring of 2016 – will you be there then?

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