The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex in Montana includes three federally designated wilderness areas: Bob Marshall, Great Bear, and Scapegoat; and three principal mountain ranges: the Rocky Mountain Front, the Swan Range, and the Flathead Range. It may be the Lower 48’s largest and wildest swath of contiguous wilderness in the purest sense of the word.
The area is well-suited for epic backpacking trips, and the book tends to focus on such extended excursions, but the area is also a mountaineer’s dream-- seldom-visited peaks both named and unnamed tower above passes and meadows and invite adventure.
This book is divided by several major areas of the complex and the trailheads accessing them. Although the focus is on extended backpacking trips, there is also ample information for those just looking for long or even short day hikes to give them a flavor of this incredible place. There are good descriptions of elevation gains and losses, trail conditions and usage, trail mileage, and locations of trailheads. And the book includes areas such as the Jewel Basin Hiking Area, a non-wilderness area in the Swan Range that has several popular and scenic trails.
The book also provides substantial amounts of information concerning climate, land-use regulations, and bear country etiquette. Anyone interested in the Bob Marshall Wilderness should find this book to be both informative and exciting.
Photos tend to be scenic and are thus inspiring rather than helpful. Some are grainy or shot in poor conditions, but most are good enough to whet one’s appetite for this purest of mountain wilderness country.