Birch Creek and Badger Two-Medicine Backpack

The ultimate rugged Montana wilderness adventure.

Trip Details

Trip Date:

06/30/2021 - 07/08/2021

Trip Type:

Backpacking

Number of Days/Nights:

9 Days - 8 Nights

Distance:

36mi

Distance with Day Hikes:

75mi

Rating:

Price Per Person:

$

Availablity:

Full

Book this trip:

Online Reservation

Highlights

  • Peak climbing
  • Wilderness solitude
  • Off-trail exploration
  • Beautiful vistas
  • Wildflowers
  • Remote route

Description

Explore remote peaks, pristine mountain valleys, and high elevation meadows on this 9-day backpacking trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness and Badger Two-Medicine. From Scarface (8282’) to Mt. Drouillard (8236’), hike talus-faced mountains and ridges, affording you breathtaking views of the Bob, the Badger, Glacier National Park, and the Northern Great Plains.  

This is the very best time to be in the mountains — as the snow recedes, tiny flowers explode from every weathered limestone crack and mountain goats with their kids bask in the rays of the early summer sun.  The rivers run fast and cold, and the world is fresh and alive. 

The trip includes several layover days to climb peaks while moving days are on the shorter side, giving you ample time for exploration. Peak climbing days will be off-trail over uneven terrain and moving days will be a mixture of on and off trail.  There will be one food drop, so pack weights will be between 35 and 40 pounds.  Also, you will have the luxury of staying at our Circus Creek Base Camp for two nights, allowing you a few extra treats that a normal backpacking trip wouldn’t have. On the Bader Two Medicine portion, you will have the opportunity to learn about the cultural history of the area, the challenges it has faced and its bright future because of the Blackfeet Nation and the conservation community’s tireless efforts. 

Previous backpacking experience is necessary. One client on a previous backpacking trip put it well when she said she’d never been on a trip that had been so physically invigorating and completely relaxing at the same time. If you want to forget what day of the week it is and immerse yourself in the adventure and the solitude of wilderness, then this is the trip for you.  

Please note: this trip requires guests to purchase a recreation pass from the Blackfeet Tribal government. This can be done online and costs $20; we can assist you with this process.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 289–0863
info@dropstoneoutfitting.com


TRIP CANCELLATION POLICY

Deposits are required at booking and are non-refundable. Trip balances are due by May 15 for summer trips and August 1 for fall trips unless otherwise specified. The balances are non-refundable after these due dates. We only give complete refunds in the event that you do not successfully draw a tag. Other than a non-successful draw, we do not give refunds for any reason. This includes but is not limited to: route changes due to wildfires, smoke, floods, trail conditions, a non-harvest hunt, or unprecedented weather events. We do not give refunds if personal health inhibits you from participating on a trip including exposure to an airborne virus or illness. Because of this, we STRONGLY recommend purchasing trip insurance.
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Trip Rating Definitions


 

Easy

  • 5 - 8 mile travel days along river grade trail with some undulating terrain, but no major changes in elevation. All hiking is on maintained trail.


Moderate

  • 6 – 10 mile travel days with some of those days requiring changes in elevation of 500 – 1200 ft. over several miles. Short portions of route may be off-trail.


Moderately Strenuous

  • 8 – 12+ mile travel days with some days having a combined change in elevation totaling 2,500 feet, or more, over several miles. Off-trail hiking and routing finding with short portions of limited exposure possible.


Strenuous

  • 7 – 12+ mile travel days with regular changes in elevation over a few miles. Frequent off-trail hiking over uneven terrain with areas of exposure and route finding involved. Previous backcountry experience required.


*Please note these descriptions are used for travel days only and are our attempt to provide a rating for the overall trip difficulty. On layover days we will offer optional hiking opportunities that may not be in keeping with the rest of the trip difficulty rating.

Additionally, changes in elevation are meant to represent the days’ starting and ending elevations, but not necessarily the total elevation lost and gained throughout the course of the day. If you have questions or concerns regarding trip difficulty and your abilities please contact us.