September 12, 1805 ( Camped about two miles east of Lolo Hot Springs, Missoula County, Montana)
23 difficult miles along the Lolo Trail : " The road through this hilley Countrey is verry bad passing over hills & thro’ Steep hollows, over falling timber… Party and horses much fatigued."
September 13, 1805 ( Camped on Pack Creek on the lower end of Packer Meadows, Idaho, County, Idaho)
During the evening two horses strayed away from the camp; one of them belonged to Captain Lewis. In the morning Lewis and 4 others searched for the horse while Clark’s party proceed on up the creek:
" at 2 miles passed Several Springs which I observed the Deer Elk had made roads to and below one of the Indains had made a whole to bathe, I tasted this water and found it hot & not bad tasted… further examonation found this water nearly boiling hot at places it Spouted from the rocks. I put my finger in the water, at first could not bare it in a Second*- as several roads led from these Springs in differnet derections, my Guide took a wrong road and took us out of our rout 3 miles through intolerable rout, after falling into the right road I proceeded on thro tolerabl rout for abt. 4 or 5 miles and halted to let our horses graze as well as waite for Capt Lewis who has not yet come up**"- Clark
Second*- The waters of Lolo Hot Springs, Montana, have been measured at 111° F.
up** - The party crossed from Montana into Idaho east of Lolo Pass, and went down to Pack Creek to set up camp for the night.
September 14, 1805 (Camped on the Lochsa River, Idaho County, Idaho, near Powell Ranger Station- White Sand Creek)
" here we wer compelled to kill a colt for our men & Selves to eat for a want of meat & we named the South fork Colt Killed Creek* and this river we call Flathead River **. The mountains which we passed to day much worst than yesterday the last excessively bad & thickly strowed with falling timber & Pine Spruc fur hackmatak & Tamerack***, steep & stoney our men and horses much fatigued."
Colt Killed Creek*- Colt Killed Creek in Idaho County has been restored to the expedition name.
Flathead River **- Lochsa River, Idaho County, Idaho
Tamerack***- Lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir, and a larch with multiple common names, including hackmatack and tamarack.
September 15, 1805 (Camped where Wendover Ridge rejoins the Lolo Trail near Forest Road 500, Idaho County, Idaho)
" Steeps assents… party fatigued & horses, several horses sliped and roled down steep hills which hurt them verry much. The one which carried my desk & small trunk turned over & roled down a mountain … broke the desk the horse escaped and appeared but little hurt… we melted the snow to drink and cook our horse flesh."
" the snow in the morning 4 inches deep on the old snow, and by night we found it from 6 to 8 inches deep … I have been wet and as cold in every part as I ever was in my life. ... men all wet cold and hungary. Killed a Second colt which we Suped haritly on and thought it fine meat...To describe the road of this day would be a repitional of yesterday excpt the Snow which made it much wors to proseed as we had in maney places to derect our selves by the appearance of the rubbings of the packs against the trees which have limbs quiet low and bending downwards. " Clark
" killed a fiew Pheasents which was not sufficient for our supper which compelled us to kill something. A coalt being the most useless part of our stock he fell a prey to our appetites."
September 18, 1805
The lack of game and fatigue of the party motivated Captain Clark and six hunters to scout ahead of the main party in search of food: " saw but little sign of deer and nothing else, encamped on a bold running Creek which I call Hungrey Creek as at that place we had nothing to eate." Clark
Captain Clark’s group encamped at Hungery Creek in Idaho
Captain Lewis’ group encamped at three miles west of Bald Mountain in Idaho