Scapegoat Wilderness Tour

the Wall, Wildflowers, and Waterfalls

Trip Details

Trip Date:

07/14/2019 - 07/20/2019

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

7 Days - 6 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Scapegoat Wall
  • Beautiful wildflowers
  • Spectacular water features
  • Several lay-over days
  • Unique geology


Revel in the remote beauty of the Scapegoat Wilderness. The Chinese Wall may get all the hype, but the Scapegoat’s own limestone escarpment is equally impressive. The Scapegoat’s crowning features include the Scapegoat Wall, towering 1,000 feet above the basin below, and high plateaus that stretch for several miles along the Continental Divide. The sheer immensity of the Scapegoat is breath-taking. Because of the limestone geology of the area, there are many geologic treasures to discover, ranging in size from the tiniest fossil to large caves that extend hundreds of feet into the Continental Divide itself.

We trek to the Scapegoat Wall, with attractions along the way including the clear pools, small canyons, and waterfalls of Smith Creek; wide-open meadows bursting with wildflowers and vibrant grasses; and the towering limestone mass in the distance. Camping beneath the wall, we take a few days to swim in cerulean waters, explore a landscape that holds artifacts dating back over 10,000 years, and scramble on top of a high-elevation plateau that teems with stunning views and one-of-a-kind geologic features.

Our trip continues south along the length of the Scapegoat Wall, allowing us to take in its vastness before dropping down into the Dearborn River drainage, where we pause to enjoy the big old-growth spruce trees guarding the river. As we leave the wilderness, we witness the Great Plains unfolding from the upswells of the Rockies. The stark contrast is mesmerizing.

If you are looking to experience a landscape of unparalleled splendor that is a bit off the beaten path, then 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.