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A Saturday ATV trip up the Clarks Fork Canyon by Wyoming rider Bob Brown was blocked by the high waters of the raging Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River.

"We found the road to be as rocky as ever, but fully negotiable until we reached a point downstream of Cyclone Bar," he wrote in an email. "We encountered three channels of runoff in one streambed with the largest only 5-6 feet wide — but the current was so swift that it was rolling boulders along the bottom of the stream. We could see the tracks of other ATVs up to the downhill side of the stream, but nothing on the uphill side and we concluded that nobody else had tried to ford. I believe we will wait until later in the summer for the runoff to diminish."

The route up the canyon is a popular ATV and four-wheel drive trail that climbs up out of the canyon and on to the Beartooth Plateau via the Morrison Jeep Trail. The trail parallels the river up the broad canyon that is bordered by steep cliffs.

"When we drove through the Edelweiss area earlier, I noticed that the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River was wider than I have ever seen," Brown wrote. "I expected the flow in the Clarks Fork Canyon to be impressive, and I wasn’t disappointed."

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Montana Untamed Editor

Montana Untamed editor for the Billings Gazette.