Scapegoat Wilderness Backpacking Traverse

Evans Peak, Scapegoat Plateau, and Sugarloaf Mountain with Bryn and Bill Cunningham

Trip Details

Trip Date:

06/30/2019 - 07/09/2019

Trip Type:


Number of Days/Nights:

10 Days - 9 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Wild, rugged and challenging
  • Unbelievable views
  • Wilderness solitude
  • Peak climbing
  • Scapegoat Mountain
  • Evans Peak


A multi-day backpacking tour, we’ll travel into the wildest part of the Scapegoat Wilderness with wilderness legend Bill Cunningham and his son, Bryn. Along this route, we’ll hike rugged landscapes, cross remote mountaintops and traverse plateaus as we take in waterfalls, scale the 8,979-foot Evans Peak, experience the famed Scapegoat Plateau, climb Scapegoat Mountain (9202’) and soak up sights that are only seen by those willing to tackle the strenuous trails. Along the way, we’ll have ample opportunities to see wildlife—including mountain goats, bighorn sheep, deer, elk and bears—as well as hike to a historic fire lookout and camp under Montana’s star-filled sky. Sidenote: 75 percent of this trip is off-trail and on rugged terrain. As such, it’s specifically designed for hikers and backpackers with previous experience and the ability to carry a 35-45 pound pack. There is one food drop midway through the trip.

If you seek a wild, rugged, and challenging wilderness experience, this is the trip for you.

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.