North Fork of the Blackfoot to Benchmark Custom Trip

The triple divide trip in the Bob Marshall Wilderness

Trip Details

Trip Date:

09/02/2022 - 09/09/2022

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

8 Days - 7 Nights

Distance:

45mi

Distance with Day Hikes:

74mi

Rating:

Price Per Person:

$3,000

Availablity:

Full

Book this trip:

Online Reservation

Highlights

  • Peak Climbing
  • Remote Wilderness Experience
  • Danaher Meadows
  • North Fork of the Blackfoot
  • Jumbo Fire Lookout
  • Fall Colors

Description

From the clear waters of the North Fork of the Blackfoot to the views on top of Jumbo Lookout to the grand escarpment of Hoadley Reef, this trip has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of wilderness beauty. On this 8-day adventure, we will hike through a significant portion of the southern Bob Marshall Wilderness, exploring three different watersheds along the way.

As colors start to turn and nights become crisp, we’ll travel up the Dry Fork of the Blackfoot and over into the historic Danaher Meadows area and the headwaters of the South Fork of the Flathead River. We will hike to the “triple watershed divide” of the Blackfoot, Sun, and Flathead rivers where we will also see the western edge of the Scapegoat Plateau and the long rise of Flint Mountain. We’ll visit Jumbo Lookout, allowing us to peer into the heart of the South Fork River Valley. On our way over the Continental Divide, we will stop for a few days to explore a high mountain basin framed by a towering reef extending along the wild Divide.

Exploration, big vistas, changing colors, and an occasional elk bugle are just a few of the many things that make this trip a Bob Marshall Wilderness classic. We don’t offer this trip very often, so join us for a rare opportunity to venture into this area of the Bob.

This trip has been booked by a private group. 

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.