late in the evening much to the satisfaction of ourselves and the comfort of our horses we . . . encamped on the steep side of a mountain convenient to a good spring. here we found an abundance of fine grass for our horses. this situation was the side of an untimbered mountain with a fair southern aspect where the snows from appearance had been desolved about 10 days. the grass was young and tender of course and had much the appearance of the greenswoard. there is a great abundance of a speceis of bear-grass which grows on every part of these mountains it's growth is luxouriant and continues green all winter but the horses will not eat it. —Meriwether Lewis, June 26, 1806
The road contouring across the south face of Bald Mountain is part of the Lolo Motorway, the narrow rocky road that parallels and occasionally overlays K'useyneiskit between Weippe Prairie and Rocky Point.
The View from Bald MountainRotate view with cursor; press Shift to zoom in, Control to zoom out.
soon after we had encamped we were overtaken by a Chopunnish man who had pursued us with a view to accompany me to the falls of the Missouri. we were now informed that the two young men whom we met on the 21st and detained several days are going on a party of pleasure mearly to the Oote-lash-shoots or as they call them Sha-lees, a band of the Tush-she-pah nation who reside on Clark's river in the neighbourhood of traveller's rest. —Meriwether Lewis, June 16, 1806
The Tush-she-pahs were the Salish Indians, known to the Shoshones, as tatasiba, or "the people with shaved heads," or "Flat Heads." (Moulton, 5:187-88.) This panorama opens on a view toward the southwest (lower left in the aerial photo above).
Funded in part by a grant from the Idaho Governor's Lewis and Clark Trail Committee.