Warning: Longer post than usual. Make yourself comfortable.
Highway 1 west out of Anaconda, Montana is designated a scenic route through the Beaverhead Deerlodge National Forest. It is fifty-five miles in length before it meets up with the interstate at Drummond. Along the way are many forest service campgrounds. We would check out those that didn’t require driving way up into the mountains, most of those being RV unfriendly-narrow tight roads.
The first campground was Spring Hill only ten miles from Anaconda. It was a confined area within a narrow canyon and most of the spots were small and unlevel, more suited for the car camper with a tent plus no cell service. We moved on.
Next, only eight miles further was Lodgepole. The first loop with twenty spots (most taken or had reserved signs posted) wasn’t really to my liking what with barking dogs, screaming kids and roaring generators. The other loop with ten spots was altogether different. Smaller sites less suitable for big trailers and humungous fifth wheels, no one there and thus quiet.
There was another campground two miles further beyond Phillipsburg Bay along the lakeshore called Piney. Reviewers said it was in a clear-cut forest, wide open and no shade. Many of the trees are infested with the pine bark beetle and have to be cut down in an attempt to control the spread of the beetle. This most likely is why Piney had been clear cut. I had no intention of going there so no disappointment.
We left Lodgepole with the next and last campground to check out just down the road (and I do mean down for it was a steep grade all three and a half miles) was Flint Creek.