Scapegoat Wilderness Traverse

A west to east traverse of the Scapegoat Wilderness

Trip Details

Trip Date:

08/14/2020 - 08/20/2020

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

7 Days - 6 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Scapegoat plateau
  • Peak climbing
  • North Fork of the Blackfoot River
  • Fishing
  • Great day hikes
  • Plentiful layover days


Traverse the untamed Scapegoat Wilderness from west to east on this seven-day hiking trip. Cast a line into the North Fork of the Blackfoot River, explore the western edge of the rugged Scapegoat Plateau and scramble up it to experience one of the most distinctive landscapes in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. We’ll hike through the huckleberry paradise of Cave Creek and stand on top of Red Slide Mountain, where we’ll have a front-row seat to the entire Scapegoat Wall.

This trip has a little bit of everything – fishing, river-grade hiking, peak climbing, exploring high elevations and relaxing along small mountain brooks. There will be a layover day at every camp, giving you the opportunity to explore each unique area. The Scapegoat has a special place in our hearts, and we’ll share some of our favorite places in it with you on this trip.

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.