All you have to do is hike…
Have you dreamed of hiking Montana without the burden of a heavy pack? Dropstone Outfitting is the only outfitter in the 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness that caters specifically to guided backcountry foot travel. We offer stock supported hiking trips where all you carry is a small daypack as you explore the peaks and valleys of the Bob Marshall. The trips are accompanied by a small string of pack animals that carry the rest of the gear. Also, we offer backpacking adventures, custom backcountry experiences, and day hiking opportunities. Drop camp services may also be provided.
Because we cater to foot travel, our trips concentrate on what we think makes for exceptional hiking adventures — beautiful vistas, remote locations, distinctive and often rarely used routes, and small group sizes. We focus on traveling with minimum impact to the land — practicing Leave No Trace Ethics — while providing you with good food, good company, and a specific knowledge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.
How do you want to explore the Bob Marshall Wilderness?
Below are descriptions of the different adventures we offer in the 1.5 million acre Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex.
Stock Supported Hiking Trips:
These are fully guided hiking adventures with stock support in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. These are our most popular trips, and as a result, the thing we do the most. A small pack string carries food, personal equipment, and group gear while you enjoy the day’s travel carrying only a daypack. Two guides accompany guests on a predetermined route ranging anywhere from 5-10 days depending on the trip, while the packer and string move along to the next camp. Group size is limited to 8 – 10 guests. Price includes home cooked meals, snacks, guiding services, stock support, airport shuttle, group gear, logistics, photo sharing coordination, a lunch bag, and a map of the route. Gear rental for tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hiking poles, and backpacks available on request. We travel in pristine locations, so we only bring a small pack string. For this reason, guests have a weight limit for their personal gear allowed on the stock. Trip difficulty depends on route. Price varies according to location and logistics, but is $250 – $300 per person per day.
If you are interested in backpacking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness, we also offer non-stock supported trips. Trip price includes meals, guiding, logistics, one food drop mid way through trip, airport shuttle, group gear, photo sharing coordination, a lunch bag, and a trip map. Guests are expected to carry all of their own gear, food (provided), and some group gear. Backpacks generally weigh between 35 and 45 pounds. Gear rental for tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hiking poles, and backpacks available upon request. Group size limited to 8, and trip difficulty depends on route, but previous backpacking experience is highly recommended. Price is $160 per person per day.
Stock Support/Backpacking Combo Trips:
These are hybrid adventures – part of the trip has stock support and all the comforts that go along with it, while the other portion of the trip is strictly backpacking. These are ideal trips for the Bob – the horses and mule take a burden off your back while on the maintained trails, but the backpacking portion gets you off of the beaten path and into some truly remote and rugged country. Price includes food, guiding services, stock support, airport shuttle, group gear, logistics, photo sharing coordination, a lunch bag, and a map of the route. Gear rental for tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, hiking poles, and backpacks available on request. Group size limited to 8 – 10 people, and trip difficulty depends on route. Price varies according to trip.
Specialty Trips offer all the opportunities of a traditional guided trip plus a little extra. Our Natural History Tour of the Rocky Mountain Front from 2016 is an example of a specialty trip where we delved more deeply into the cultural and ecological history components of that particular area. For these specialty trips, we have an expert guide in that specific field of study that accompanies us. We try to offer one or two specialty trips annually, and offerings change from year to year. Group size will be limited to 8 -10 guests. Price varies according to trip.
You dream it up, and we help with the rest–this includes backpacking, day hikes, stock-supported trips, and any wild ideas that need some additional support.
We offer limited drop-camp and food drop services. Call for inquiries.
- Tents ($20)
- Sleeping bag w/liner ($20)
- Sleeping pads ($15)
- Hiking poles ($10)
- Backpacks/daypacks ($25)
- The whole package is $75 including a pack or $65 w/o a pack.
So. . . What is a dropstone?
Many people ask us how we came up with our business name. A dropstone is a geologic term for a glacial erratic. A glacial erratic is a large, misplaced rock on the landscape. The Rocky Mountain West was once home to several large glaciers. These glaciers pushed far out onto the plains. As they receded, they left behind debris (dropstones) transported from other locations. Along The Front, you will often see large boulders sitting out in the middle of the prairie; this is a dropstone.