Red Buttes Stock Support/Backpack Combo

Come along to climb the peaks, swim the turquoise waters and watch mountain goats graze as we freely roam the wilds of the Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Trip Details

Trip Date:

08/23/2018 - 08/27/2018

Trip Type:


Number of Days/Nights:

5 Days - 4 Nights



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Price Per Person:





  • Remote alpine lakes
  • The Chinese Wall
  • Geology of the Red Buttes
  • Potential elk sightings and bugling


This trip is what backcountry travel is all about – to use and abuse the trail before diving off to explore beyond the mile markers and trail junctions. The Red Buttes, sitting near the southern Chinese Wall’s terminus, provide the perfect location for this kind of hiker’s fantasy.

We spend the first few days traveling towards the divide along the South and West Fork of the Sun River, home to the Sun River Game Preserve – elk are just starting to rut at this time, so there it’s a good chance to hear if not see herds of this regal animal. Fishing and quality river time are also popular activities along this stretch of the trail.

Our four-legged friends assist us on the first two days before we grab our gear, wave goodbye and duck off into the untrammeled passes, peaks and lakes of the cradle that is the Red Buttes. The Red Buttes’ oxidized iron geology is often used as a beacon for those traveling towards the Chinese Wall, but for us they are a haven.

Come along to climb the peaks, swim the turquoise waters and watch mountain goats graze as we freely roam the wilds of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. If you are looking for a shorter trip that still gives you the opportunity to explore off trail, then this is the trip for you.Please call or email for more details.

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


Trip deposits are non-refundable.  The remainder of the trip price is due on May 15th unless otherwise specified and is non-refundable at that time.  We STRONGLY encourage purchasing trip insurance for reasons including, but not limited to health issues, weather events such as wildfires/smoke/floods, and necessary route changes that may impact your ability or desire to participate in the trip.   We recommend the Gold or Platinum Plan by TravelGuard.

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
7 – 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 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 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.