This point along the Bitterroot River south of present-day Lolo was a camp for the expedition on both legs of the trip. They rested here at the mouth of Lolo Creek in 1805 before setting out on another grueling trip, this time on the Lolo Trail. This trail through the Lolo Pass would take the Corps 11 days to cross. After a two day rest, they set out on September 11, concerned about their lack of provisions. Game would be scarce, if not nonexistent, in the mountains and the provisions they had with them were all but gone.
They did get one piece of good news from their guide. He told them of a reliable trail east to Gates of the Mountains. It would take weeks off of their return trip.
In 1806 the returning expedition divided here to follow different rivers. Lewis headed north to explore the sources of the Marias, hoping to find a natural northern boundary for America's new territory. Clark's party followed the Yellowstone.
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