I wanted to update our trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and packrafting the South Fork.
Our plans changed a few times due to mother nature. Our initial plan was to drive from Whitefish, MT to Ovando, MT and to the Young's Pass TH and hike over Young's Pass into the confluence of Young's Creek and Danaher Creek that make the South Fork Flathead River.
As it turns out with our snowpack there was a avalanche on the north side of Young's Pass and the forest ranger deemed it to difficult to pass. She suggested going of Hahn Pass, but you would have to cross Young's Creek and she thought it would very high and powerful.
So we decided to drive up to the Meadow Creek CG and hike the East Meadow Creek trail (#80) to Black Bear Packbridge and cross over to the West Meadow Creek Trail as the ranger said that the east trail from Helen Creek was not clear yet from an avalanche carrying a large burn down to the trail. We were going to camp at Salmon Forks the first night (23mi hike) and the next morning hike up to at least Big Prairie or to the confluence). However, we hit Black Bear packbridge and rounded the corner and came across Hungry Creek which was impassable.
We camped at Black Bear and put on the river the next morning. The river was running at 7400cfs and it being our first time packrafting, it was a little intimidating at first. Overall, I would wait until the flows are below 5000cfs and come over Young's Pass when the snowpack has declined.
I ran the GoPro during the trip. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!