Guided Day Hikes along the Rocky Mountain Front

Explore Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness on a day hike.

Trip Details

Trip Date:

05/15/2020 - 09/30/2020

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  • Easy to strenuous options
  • Family outings
  • Beautiful landscapes
  • Includes transport to trailhead, lunch, and guiding services


We are offering day hikes along the Rocky Mountain Front. From mellow excursions along beautiful rock pools to summiting one of the area’s classic peaks, all of our hikes are on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, with several of them including a portion of the iconic Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Price: $200 for two people.  Each additional person is $45.  Trip price includes transport to and from trailhead, lunch, guiding services, and permit fees.

Details: Book at least 5 days in advance.  You can call us at (406) 289 – 0863. Hikes will leave from the Stage Stop Inn in Choteau at 8:30 AM unless otherwise arranged.

Day Hike Registration Form

Day Hike Gear List and Rental Info


Easy Day Hikes

Wagner Basin

Distance (round trip): 1 mile

Highlights: Family friendly, American Indian pictographs, bighorn sheep and breathtaking canyon views

Easy/Moderate Day Hikes

Dearborn River/Devil’s Glen

Distance (round trip): 6 miles

Hike highlights: Rock pools, remarkable geology and swimming holes


Smith Creek

Distance (round trip): 6 miles

Highlights: Creek crossings, limestone escarpments, rock pools and small waterfalls

Moderate Day Hikes

Deadman Hill

Distance (round trip): 10 miles

Highlights: 360-degree views of the Sun River Valley, gradual elevation gain and open mountainsides

Our Lake

Distance (round trip): 6.5 miles

Highlights: Easy elevation gain, mountain lake and wildlife-watching opportunities


Clary Coulee

Distance (round trip): 6 miles

Highlights: Stunning mountain views, quick elevation gain and dramatic landscapes


Blackleaf Canyon

Distance (round trip): 8 miles

Highlights: Small rock pools, large valley, sheer limestone cliffs and perfect combination views of the mountains and plains


Moderate/Moderately Strenuous Day Hikes

Patrol Lookout

Distance (round trip): 11.5 miles

Highlights: Historic fire tower lookout, Straight Creek, 8,015-foot-tall Patrol Mountain and 360-degree views

Headquarters Pass

Distance (round trip): 7.5 miles

Highlights: Abundant wildflowers, waterfalls, cold spring fed by an ice glacier, Rocky Mountain, a peek of Montana’s Chinese Wall


Route Creek Pass

Distance (round trip): 13 miles

Highlights: Middle Fork of the Teton, moderate elevation grade, waterfalls, forested terrain and towering limestone cliffs

Mount Wright

Distance (round trip): 7 miles

Highlights: 3,000 feet of climbing up Mount Wright, lush wildflower-filled valleys and thrilling views


Day Hike Registration Form

Day Hike Gear List and Rental Info


Please call or email for more details.
(406) 289–0863


Deposits are non-refundable, and the balance is due by May 15th  unless otherwise specified.  The balance is non-refundable after this date.  We do not give refunds for any reason. This includes but is not limited to: route changes due to wildfires, smoke, floods, trail conditions, or unprecedented weather events.  We do not give refunds if personal health inhibits you from participating on a trip.  Because of this, we STRONGLY recommend purchasing trip insurance.  We recommend Global Rescue’s Signature Travel Insurance.

Trip Rating Definitions



  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.