VTC - Meyers Hill

Photo by Meg Killen

Project: Meyers Hill

Landscape: Nevada Mountain Roadless Area

Dates: June 25 - 28, 2020

Location: Continental Divide Trail - Helena R.D.
Project Work: Trail Maintenance
Camping: Frontcountry
Project Difficulty: Moderate
Volunteer Limit: 8
Volunteer Slots Available: FULL
Meeting Time: Thursday, June 25 at 7 p.m.
Meeting Place: Dana Spring




Project Description

MWA is headed back to the Nevada Mountain Recommended Wilderness for a trail project on the Continental Divide Trail. Our crew will be improving the CDT near Meyers Hill with a hodgepodge of deferred maintenance tasks in the area. We will construct a short reroute, address drainage issues on the trail, and construct some fencing near the trailhead to prevent illegal motorized use in the area. All of these projects are critical to preserving our nation's longest mountain trail, the crown jewel of America's long-distance hiking trails. Join us to celebrate the summer solstice by pitching in for our public lands!

About the Area

Meyers Hill rises to 7132' and is the highest point of the geographic Continental Divide between Black Mountain to the north and Bison Mountain to the south. On its northeastern flank is Cottonwood Gulch, with Faith and Charity Gulches carving into its southern face. Meyers Hill is the southern boundary of the proposed Nevada Mountain Recommended Wilderness, which is largely comprised of the Nevada Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area. The Nevada Mountain Recommended Wilderness is prime wildlife habitat. It is home to elk, grizzly bears, wolverines, and lynx. Creeks flowing from the area contain westslope cutthroat trout and bull trout. Lodgepole pine forest and dry grassland dominate the vegetative composition of the area, with spruce, douglas fir, aspen, and whitebark pine also present. Meyers Hill provides sweeping views of the Continental Divide landscape, with Black Mountain and Nevada Mountain dominating the northern landscape.

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail skirts Meyers Hill as it travels to the south through a patchwork of improved trail and Forest Service roads over Priest, Mullan, and McDonald Passes. North of Meyers Hill the CDT follows a short stretch of two-track before traversing the heart of the Nevada Mountain Inventoried Roadless Area, passing just below the summits of Black and Nevada Mountains before winding toward Granite Butte Lookout.

Meeting Time & Place

Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m. at Dana Spring (just off FSR #136)
Directions from Helena:

  • Follow US-12 West over MacDonald Pass to Avon
  • Turn Right onto MT-141 North
  • After 2.6 miles, Turn Right onto Ophir Road
  • Make an immediate Left onto 3 Mile Road/FSR #136
  • Continue northeast for approx. 11 miles

Directions from Missoula:

  • Take Highway 90 East to exit 174 (US-12 East toward Garrison/Helena)
  • Continue on US-12 East for 13 miles to Avon
  • Turn Left onto MT-141 North
  • After 2.6 miles, Turn Right onto Ophir Road
  • Make an immediate Left onto 3 Mile Road/FSR #136
  • Continue northeast for approx. 11 miles

Directions from Highway 200:

  • West of Lincoln, turn to head south on MT-141
  • Continue south for approx. 30 miles
  • Turn Left onto Ophir Road
  • Make an immediate Left onto 3 Mile Road/FSR #136
  • Continue northeast for approx. 11 miles

Camping Details

This is a frontcountry, car camping project. We will be dispersed camping near Dana Spring with no amenities.

Project Difficulty

This will be a Moderate project. Project work is varied, but each task will be physically strenuous. Please check in with MWA staff if you have any concerns about your ability to participate safely.

*Note: project work is subject to change. Our tasks may become easier or more challenging. Your flexibility in the field is appreciated as we adapt to changing conditions.

Food and Water

MWA will provide meals and cooking gear for the project. No dinner will be provided on Thursday, so please arrive having already eaten or prepared to eat on your own. The first meal provided will be breakfast on Friday and the last meal provided will be lunch fixings on Sunday. Since there is no potable water at the camp spot, if you have a cubie at home please help by bringing some drinking water.

Volunteers are expected to help with food preparation and cleanup on a rotating basis, but your crew leader will handle primary kitchen responsibilities. 

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