Scapegoat Wall and Wilderness Traverse

The legendary geologic wonders of the Scapegoat Wilderness

Trip Details

Trip Date:

07/26/2022 - 08/01/2022

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


  • 1,000-foot-tall Scapegoat Wall
  • Wilderness solitude
  • Clear pools and waterfalls
  • Time for exploration
  • Dearborn River
  • Scapegoat Plateau


While the Chinese Wall may get all the hype, the lesser-known Scapegoat Wall—a 1,000-foot-tall limestone escarpment — is equally impressive. It towers over the basins below, with high plateaus that stretch for several miles along the Continental Divide.

On this weeklong trip, we hike through the transition zone between the plains and the mountains, along clear pools, and through mountain meadows brimming with wildflowers before stopping for a few days to camp beneath the Scapegoat Wall. Along the Wall, we will get a chance to explore the areas rich landscape and soak in the endless views and fascinating geology.

After a traverse of the Wall’s base, we’ll meander downstream to experience the water-carved canyons along the Dearborn River, an ecosystem more reminiscent of southwestern Montana including a few lone Ponderosa pines.

The trip offers a point-to-point traverse of some of the most scenic places in the Scapegoat Wilderness. The moderate pace makes this trip accessible to many, while the day hikes offer a more strenuous option with the opportunity to explore above treeline. If you are looking to experience a landscape of unparalleled splendor that’s off the beaten path, this is the trip for you.

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


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.