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Located west of Kalispell, in the Flathead National Forest of northwest Montana, Wild Bill-Eagle Mountain is part of a unique trail system, unlike any other trail system you will find in a National Forest. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 1979, it was not until the 2000's that members from two local 4-wheel drive clubs were given the "OK" to create numerous manmade "challenge features" along several forest roads that now make up the three legs of the Blacktail-Wild Bill ORV Trail system. Obstacles range from natural rock ledges and deep mud holes to huge tractor tires and giant logs. Wild Bill-Eagle Mountain is the perfect place to take groups of both beginners and hard-core wheelers. Jeep owners from across the country might visit this area mainly in summer, but don't be fooled. Even during the winter, this area is an off-roader's playground. This trail system is the northernmost Jeep Badge of Honor (BOH) trail, and by far the most unique trail system Jeep has recognized.
Wild Bill-Eagle Mountain starts at the northernmost trailhead for the Blacktail-Wild Bill ORV trail system. This straight-through route follows Forest Service Road 919 for 6.4 miles to the Eagle Mountain Junction, intersecting with Upper Dayton Creek. When dry, the main trail is an easy, bumpy dirt road that can be completed by any high clearance 2WD vehicle. However, the route offers more than a dozen optional obstacles on the sides of the trail that can entertain any vehicle and any driver's experience level. Most obstacles are manmade with some natural help and are called "Challenge Features." This northern leg is the longest of the three legs of the ORV trail system and also offers the most difficult challenge features of the three legs. Challenge features along this leg utilize deep holes, large logs, concrete blocks, and massive tractor tires. The most noteworthy features along this trail are the playground at Waypoint 10 and the tire graveyard at Waypoint 12. Combine this trail with Upper Dayton Creek and Blacktail OHV to complete the entire Jeep Badge of Honor.
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