Our trip into the Badger Two-Medicine takes us deep into the heart of Badger Country along the Continental Divide, a place of remote beauty that few visit. This is a place of unique wonder – it is not part of Glacier National Park or the Bob Marshall Wilderness, but it is as wild and spectacular as both. The Badger Two-Medicine is also deeply sacred to the nearby Blackfeet Indian Nation.
We head in over Whiterock Pass and are immediately rewarded with stunning views into Glacier and the Great Bear Wilderness as we crest the pass and drop into the watershed divide that marks the headwaters of Badger Creek from the Two Medicine River.
Fire is essential to the ecosystem in this part of the world. Our trek takes us through several burns, where we witness the miracle of regeneration, with iridescent new growth and the starkly beautiful sculptures of trees in their most elemental form. These burns are interspersed with cold, clear streams and green oases, a perfect respite for warm summer afternoons.
At the heart of our trip, we spike out in alpine country as our stock leaves us for better feed below. Our high camp gives us ready access to the Continental Divide with the option of climbing Bullshoe Mountain or taking long glorious ridge walks on layover days.
This trip’s basic route is moderate, but if you opt for the more challenging day hikes on layover days, you are rewarded with heart-lifting mountain views and stunning ridge top strolls.