North Fork of the Blackfoot to Benchmark Traverse

A Bob Marshall Wilderness classic

Trip Details

Trip Date:

08/04/2023 - 08/10/2023

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

7 Days - 6 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:




Apply for this Trip:

Online Reservation


  • Peak climbing
  • Remote wilderness experience
  • Danaher Meadows
  • North Fork of the Blackfoot
  • Jumbo Fire Lookout
  • Fishing opportunities


From the clear waters of the North Fork of the Blackfoot to the broad Danaher Valley to views on top of Jumbo Lookout, this trip has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of wilderness beauty. On this 7 day adventure, hike through a significant portion of the southern Bob Marshall Wilderness, exploring three different watersheds along the way.

Travel up the Dry Fork of the Blackfoot and into the historic Danaher Meadows area and the headwaters of the South Fork of the Flathead River. On a layover day, hike to the “triple watershed divide” of the Blackfoot, Sun, and Flathead rivers where you can also see the western edge of the Scapegoat Plateau and the long rise of Flint Mountain.  Visit Jumbo Lookout, allowing you to peer into the heart of the South Fork River Valley.  For the last portion of the trip, venture over the continental divide to a camp along the cool waters of the South Fork of the Sun River.

Exploration, big vistas, and timeless mountain valleys 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.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 461-2114 or (406) 403-1902
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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.

Trip Rating Definitions



  • 6 – 10 mile travel days with some of those days requiring changes in elevation of 500 – 1500 ft. over several miles. Short portions of route may be off-trail.

Moderately Difficult

  • 8 – 12+ mile travel days with regular 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 may be involved.

*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.