The Forest Service is in the process of completing an environmental review to allow for upgrading the Powerline Road #2500. The environmental review process is expected to be completed this fall. The current road is a primitive, high clearance single lane road that overtime would be upgraded to support passenger vehicle travel. High clearance 4X4 vehicles are currently recommended on this road.
The Crooked Creek Road #2085 is the Forest’s legal access into the southeast side of the Pryor Mountains. It is currently the only designated route into the Pryor Mountains suitable for passenger vehicles and vehicles pulling trailers. The BLM Road #1017 is the connecting road accessed from Warren via the Helt Road. Burnt Timber Ridge Road #2849 is a high clearance 4X4 road providing access to the east side of the Pryor Mountains through the BLM Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range.
District Ranger Traute Parrie commented, “The Forest Service is working toward improving the Powerline Road #2500 to provide passenger vehicle access to the west side of the Pryor Mountains in the future. The timeline for the proposed work isn’t known at this point but we envision this work taking several years due to funding.”
Additional information can be provided at the Beartooth Ranger District, 6811 U.S. Highway 212, Red Lodge, MT 59068; by phone at (406) 446-2103 or the Custer Gallatin National Forest Billings Office, 5001 Southgate Drive Suite 2, Billings, MT 59101; by phone at (406) 255-1400.