Edith Peak RMEF Public Access Project

February 12, 2020 | Hunt

onX and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) are committed to improving access to public lands for all outdoorsmen. The RMEF Layer in the onX Hunt App displays the location of RMEF Public Access Projects and associated access points.

Project Name: Edith Peak
Location: Missoula County, MT
Access Point: 47.0846, -114.2146
Description: Two parcels totaling 1,120 acres of elk habitat high in the mountains of western Montana about 15 miles west of Missoula.

Public land does not always feature large swaths of landscape that are 100% open to public access. Sometimes, privately-owned inholdings feature development or the potential for development that can disrupt wildlife migration corridors, wildlife management and public access.

The Edith Peak parcels were private inholdings owned by a lumber company before being acquired by RMEF in 2018. After the purchase, the property was conveyed to the Lolo National Forest—it is now publicly-owned and open for anyone and everyone to use and enjoy.

The surrounding area features spring, summer and fall range and supports more than 500 elk. It also includes crucial habitat for deer, moose, bear and other bird and animal life as well as springs that create important riparian habitat. In addition to being a wildlife movement corridor between the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, it includes the Edith Peak Trail that is now uninterrupted as it crosses the property.