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The Gates of the Mountains was named by Lewis and Clark as they traveled up the Missouri River in 1805. In this location, the river carves a narrow gorge through the north end of the Big Belt Mountains as it winds its way to the Great Plains. Limestone cliffs tower above the river and pine forests cover the surrounding hillsides. We’ll meet in the Spokane area on Friday the 19th to carpool 5.5 hours east past Helena, Montana. We’ll car camp Friday night near the trailhead. On Saturday, we’ll hike approximately 4 miles to the Coulter Campground on the Missouri River. We have the option of a side trip to visit the nearby site and memorial of the tragic Mann Gulch fire, where in 1949 13 firefighters lost their lives. Sunday will be spent further exploring the area. We’ll hike back out Monday and drive home. Group size limit is 10. Contact Tyler if interested in attending.