August 10, 2012 in Outdoors, Sports

Mule packing to Star Peak

The Forest Service is taking a team approach to restoring a fire lookout on a peak overlooking the Clark Fork River. Although many helping hands are involved, the heavy lifting was done by a team of mules in a prestigious pack string based out of the Ninemile Historic Ranger Station and Remount Depot northwest of Missoula. “It’s a privilege to have your project supported by the regional packers,” said Rachael Reckin, Kootenai National Forest archeologist. “We had to make our request in the spring. They get to choose which projects they handle and they’re booked all season.” Reckin is coordinating with the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness to restore the lookout on Star Peak and build a new trail that’s likely to be a hit with hikers when it’s finished in 2013.


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