Backpack through the wild and rarely traveled reaches of the Rocky Mountain Front. The focus of this trip is the wave-like craggy spines of the Sawtooth Range on the eastern edge of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Some of the wildest country in the Bob are those areas just inside the wilderness boundary – elk, Mountain Goats and Grizzly bears often frequent this area while humans seldom do. This 9-day backpacking loop affords you an opportunity of adventure like no other. It’s the most strenuous, most adventurous, and longest trip we offer. With all you need on your back and a trip long enough to truly forget what day it is, this is wilderness immersion at its finest.
A few trip highlights on the trip include exploring the wild Deep Creek drainages, climbing the crest of the Sawtooth divide, and swimming in the clear waters of the North Fork of the Sun. You will also have the opportunity to reach the summit of Rocky Mountain (9392’) – the tallest peak in the Bob Marshall and visit the historic Beartop Lookout. With a layover day at each camp, you will have ample opportunity to peak climb and adventure up high or simply relax in camp with a good book.
The moving days are mostly on-trail, but the layover day hikes will be mostly off-trail and often on uneven, rugged terrain. Your average backpack weight is typically between 37 and 43 pounds, and there will be one food drop on the trip. You may encounter downfall and snow patches.
If you are looking for the ultimate wilderness experience complete with remote locations, physical challenge, and wilderness solitude, then this is the trip for you. It is important to be in very good physical shape, and previous backpacking experience is necessary.