July 05, 1806
Meriwether Lewis

Set out at 6 A.M.--  steered

N. 75 E.   6 1/2 M. passed a stout C. N Side at 2 1/2 M.   anoth[er] just above [The two are West Twin and East Twin creeks, flowing into the Blackfoot River at Twin Creeks, MT.]  saw an old indian encampment of 11 lodges of bark and [leather?] on S. side at 3 1/2 M.  killed a deer.
N. 25 E.   12 <10> m. passing a <large> small creek at <1/2> one m. on S sid [Union Creek.]  on which there is a handsom and extensive Valley and plain for 10 or 12 ms. also another creek 12 yd. wide at 1/2 mile further on N. side [Gold Creek.]  and another 8 yds wide on <S.> N. side at 5 ms. further [Belmont Creek.]  one & 1/2 m. short of the extremity of this course arrive at a high prarie on <S.> N. side from one to three miles in width extending up the river. [Ninemile Prairie, running along the Blackfoot River.]  halted and dined in the mouth of a little drane on the left of the plain where there was a considerable quantity of quawmash.   saw a gang of antelopes [Pronghorn Antelope, Antilocapra americana.] here of which we killed one  the does at this season herd with each other and have their young.  the bucks are alone.  there are many wild horses on Clarkes river   about the place we passed it we saw some of them at a distance.  there are said to be many of them about the head of the yellowstone river.--
East   6 m. to the entrance of Werner's Creek [Present Clearwater River. Obviously not to be confused with the Clearwater River on the west side Lolo Pass in Idaho.] 35 yds wide through a high extensive prairie on N. side.   hills low and timbered with long leafed pine, larch, ans some fir.  the road passes at some distance to the left of the river and <their> this couses <are> is with the river.
N. 22 W.   4 miles to a high insulated knob just above the entrance of a Creek 8 yards wide which discharges itself into Werners <run> Creek. [This portion of the course appears to be in Clark's hand, substituting for the same material which is mostly lost in tatters at the bottom of the page.  The stream flowing into the Clearwater is apparently Blanchard Creek.]
N. 75 E.   2 1/2 M. to the river passing through an extensive and handsom plain on Werner's Creek, crossing that creek at 1 m. and leaving a high prarie hill to the right seperating the plain from the river.  saw two swan in this beautiful Creek.--
East   3 m. to the entrance of a large creek 20 yds. wide Called Seaman's Creek [Present Monture Creek. Lewis's spelling here suggests the presently favored name for his dog, identified by some as Scannon; See September 11, 1803 and John Ordway's entry of May 19, 1805.] passing a creek at 1 m. 8 yds wide. [Cottonwood Creek.]   this course with the river, the road passing through and extensive high prarie rendered very uneven by a vast number of little hillucks and sinkholes <holds>.   at the head of these two creeks high broken mountains stand at the distance of 10 m. forming a kind of Cove generally of open untimbered country.--  we encamped on the lower side of the last creek just above it's entrance. [On the west side of Monture Creek, just upstream from its entrance into Blackfoot River.]  here a war party had encamped about 2 months since and conceald their fires.-- [This is the location in Lewis's journal where he had drawn his sketch map. It may represent the area around the mouth of Monture (Seaman's ) Creek, but their actual route (shown by a dotted line) is hard to reconcile with that shown on Clark's map.]
31 m.

July 05, 1806
Patrick Gass

We had another beautiful morning, set out early and proceeded on the same course as yesterday through a rough country, with a number of branches or small streams flowing from the hills. We killed one deer and about 11 o'clock came to a valley three quarters of a mile wide [Ninemile Prairie, along the Blackfoot River.], all plains, where we halted to dine and to let our horses feed. The hills upon each side are handsomely covered with timber of the fir kind. While we rested here one of our hunters killed a cabre or antelope. At 1 o'clock we proceeded on agian up the valley. When we had gone about nine miles we came to and crossed a river [The Clearwater River which flows into the Blackfoot River. Lewis called it Werner's Creek, after expedition member William Werner.], about 35 yards wide, which flows in with a rapid current from some snow topped mountains on the north [The Clearwater River is formed from streams from the Mission Range and the Swan Range.], where the valley is two or three miles wide. Having gone about four miles further we came to the head of the valley, where the hills come close upon the river for two miles. After we had passed these narrows we came to another large and beautiful valley four or five miles wide, and all plains, except some timber on the river banks. In the evening we encamped on the banks of a handsome creek which comes in from the north [On the west side of Monture Creek, above its entrance into the Blackfoot River.], a bold stream of 15 yards wide.

July 05, 1806
William Clark

I rose at day light this morning  despatched Labeash after a Buck which he killed late last evening; and I with the three men who I had Sent in Serch of a ford across the West fork of Clarks river, and examined each ford neither of them I thought would answer to pass the fork without wetting all the loads.  near one of those places pointed out by Colter I found a practiable foard and returned to Camp, ordered everything packed up and after Brackfast we Set out   passed 5 Chanels of the river which is divided by Small Islands   in passing the 6th & last Chanel Colter horse Swam and with Some dificuelty he made the Opposite Shore, Shannon took a different derection from Colter rained his horse up the Stream and passed over very well   I derected all to follow Shannon and pass quartering up the river which they done and passed over tolerably well the water running over the back of the 2 Smaller horses only.    unfortunately my trunk & portmantue Containing Sea otter Skins flags Some curiosities & necessary articles in them got wet, also an esortment of Medicine, and my roots.  about 1 mile we struk the East fork which had fallen and was not higher than when we passed it last fall  we had not proceeded up this fork more than 1 mile eer we struck the road by which we passed down last fall and kept it   at one mile we crossed the river at a very good foard and continued up on the East Side to the foot of the Mountain nearly opposite flour Crek [Clark crossed from the north to the south side of the West Fork Bitterroot River then crossed the East Fork to its east side and continued Southeasterly along that stream. Flour Creek (Biddle's "Flower creek".) is shown on Clark's map as "Flour Camp Creek" flowing into the East Fork on the west side below the camp of September 6, 1805; it is currently known as Warm Springs Creek.] & halted to let our horses graze and dry our wet articles.  I saw fresh Sign of 2 horses and a fire burning on the side of the road.   I prosume that those indians are spies from the Shoshones, Shannon & Crusat killed each a deer this morning and J. Shields killed a female Ibex or bighorn on the side of the Mountain, this Animal was very meager. Shannon left his tomahawk at the place he killed his deer.  I derect him to return for it and join me in the Vally on the East Side of this mountain.  gave Shields permission to proceed on over to the 1st Vally and there hunt untill my arival this evening at that place, after drying every article which detained us untill 1/2 past 4 P.M. we packed up and Crossed the Mountain into the vally where we first met with the flatheads [Ross's Hole near Sula, MT where the party met the Flatheads (Salish) on September 4, 1805.] here I overtook Shields he had not killed any thing.  I crossed the river which heads in a high peecked mountain Covered with Snow N.E. of the Vally at about 20 Miles. [East Fork Bitterroot River heads near West Pintlar Peak which is the Continental Divide.] Shields informed me that the Flat head indians passed up the Small Creek which we came down last fall about 2 miles above our Encampment of the 4th & 5th of Septr.  I proceeded up this South branch 2 Miles and encamped on the E. side of the Creek [Clark's camp was on Camp Creek, near Camp Creek Ranger Station and U.S. Highway 93 approximately two miles southeast of the party's camp of September 4-5, 1805.], and Sent out several men to examine the road.  Shields returned at dark and informed me that the best road turned up the hill from the creek 3 Miles higher up, and appeared to be a plain beaten parth. [Gary E. Moulton speculates that this is "apparently the road which Clark pursued to Camp Fortunate, diverging from the old westbound route".] as this rout of the Oat lash shoots can be followed it will evidently shorten our rout at least 2 days and as the indians informed me last fall a much better rout than the one we came out.  at all events I am deturmined to make the attempt and follow their trail of possible  if I can prosue it my rout will be nearer and much better than the one we Came from the Shoshones, & if I should not be able to follow their road; our rout can't possibly be much wors. The hunters killed two deer this evening.  The after part of the day we only come 8 miles makeing a total of 20 Miles--.  Shannon Came up about Sunset haveing found his tomahawk.

July 05, 1806
John Ordway

a fair M.   we took breakfast as usal and Set out to cross the right fork of the river which we found nearly Swimming.   proceed. on up the river Some distance   crossd. the other fork.   the hunters killed a deer and a Mountain Sheep or big horn animel.   about noon we halted in a bottom to dine.   Shannon left his tommahawk back where he killed the deer & went back for it.    we delayed about 3 hours and proceed on over the hills   towards evening we came to the Smooth plains where we Saw the 1st flat heads or Tus e paw last year as we passd down. we Camped [The party crossed from the north to the south side of the West Fork Bitterroot River, then crossed the East Fork to its east side and continued southeasterly along that stream. They reached Ross, or Ross's Hole, near Sula, where they had met the Flatheads, or Salish, on September 4,1805. They camped on Camp Creek near Camp Creek Ranger Station and U.S. Highway 93.] on the branch & plain   the hunters killed two deer. Shannon joined us with his tommahawk &C.--