Marshall loop


We briefly escape the smoke to visit the Marshalls.

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This was a big loop on mountain bikes that included brief hikes to three summits. I did not take my camera, and then in the hurry of getting ready I left my cell phone in the truck. So I don't have any pictures.... check out the Dave's page for those.

However, I did carry my gps so I have maps. And a narrative. Enjoy!

Here's our basic itinerary: Park at the junction of Warren Wagon Road and the turnoff for Burgdorf. Get on your bike and continue down the (now dirt) road toward Secesh Meadows. Turn left of FS Road #325. Somewhere near the bottom we ran into two guys doing fish counts for the Nez Perce tribe.

Continue on #325, now climbing steeply, toward California Lake as it deteriorates from good to rough to pretty gnarly at California Lake. After that, it's just barely a road; more like a continuous boulder pile in places, basically a very rough ATV trail. When you get up on the ridge under Marshall Fin, it improves somewhat but is still pretty rough.

Follow the road out to a sort of vague intersection where you bear right to get out to Marshall Mountain.


Out on that ridge there is a network of roads not shown on the map, but the one that takes you to the mountain is pretty easy to figure out. From that road, it's a 2-minute walk to the summit. I left my pack with the bike, so the map doesn't show that walk. We rode out past the summit a bit to get a better view and have lunch on a little rock promintory.



Then after refueling we doubled back to climb Marshall Fin. From just under the saddle between Marshall Fin and Middle Marshall, we stashed our bikes in the bushes and did about a 30 minute hike up the mountain.

We started at the north end of this peak because we were considering doing both this one and "Middle Marshall", the adjoining peak that is due north. Please note that the coordinates for this peak provided in LOJ are incorrect. After Dave surveyed it with a water bottle, we traipsed farther south and with the GPS found the south end of the ridge to be almost 25 feet higher.


Summit fever.

Dave Beck photo


When we got back to the bikes, we continued south just a bit to pick up the Jeannette Creek trail, FST #140. This starts out as an atv trail. Sounds good, right? Except that they had bladed it so it was very soft (and poofy!), especially where the trail goes essentially straight up hill. Unrideable without some assistance.


After up-and-down over two ridges, you finally get onto the ridge with Jeannette Peak, Point 8180. Again, just a few minutes of walking from the road; we didn't even bother to hide the bikes. It's a big flat summit, so the messy-looking track line on the map is showing it was hard to figure out where the exact summit was.

At some point after that, maybe a mile, the trail turns into singletrack. Some of this was very fun, some was a nasty v-slot. It's a 2000' downhill; steep, bumpy, and rooted. We had to stop several times to rest our hands and arms from the thrashing, even with long-travel suspension and huge tires.



When you get to the Jeanette trailhead, it's a several-mile gravel-road cruise back to the truck. 2% remaining.

And oh- other than the fish biologists, we didn't see another soul until someone drove by the truck just as I was changing out of my riding shorts.


Coordinates of peaks and junctions


Dave's report


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