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Winter Mount Jumbo closure starting up

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(File photo credit: MT FWP) (File photo credit: MT FWP)

MISSOULA - Winter weather brings Mount Jumbo’s elk herd back to its traditional winter range and to help increase the herd’s chance for winter survival, critical areas of the mountain are closed seasonally to recreational use.

Mount Jumbo's North Zone, from the Saddle Road to the north, will be closed from Dec. 1 until May 1. The South Zone, from the Saddle Road south to I-90, will be closed from Dec. 1 to March 15.

The Saddle Road is located at the north end of Lincoln Hills Drive. Several trails on Mount Jumbo are open all year, including the U.S. West road above I-90 and the “L” trail, both of which are accessible at the Cherry Street trailhead.

Short trail sections beginning at Hidden Trail in East Missoula and Marshall Canyon will also remain open. The short section of road linking Upper Lincoln Hills Drive with Tamarack Street and the 40 acres below the road are also open all year.

Dogs must be leashed on Mount Jumbo during the winter closure.

Trespassing during the wildlife closure is prohibited by law and violators may be fined up to $500. Please call 911 to report violations.

Missoula Parks and Recreation is seeking volunteer “Elk Spotters” to help visually track the Jumbo herd’s movements over the winter months to learn more about how the animals use the mountain.

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