Explore Montana’s Snowcrest Mountains east of Dillon. This is an island range that soars above the prairie, offering a 40-mile spine of ridgetop hiking and clear vistas into the Ruby River Valley and Gravelly Range to the east and Lima Peaks and the Continental Divide to the west.
The route begins on the north end of the range, climbing steadily over the first few miles to gain the Divide. You will continue to travel the spine of the range to the south for the duration of the trip. There are two layover days with the opportunity to climb peaks, continue exploring the high ridges, or drop to the valley floor for a refreshing dip.
Mileages are moderate, but the trail tread is often poor or lacking through the high meadows, with routes marked by refrigerator-sized cairns stacked as a guide. This area is high elevation, with trailheads sitting around 6,000’ and much of our day spent closer to 9,000’. Guests will also have several opportunities to tiptoe onto 10,000’ peaks.
Since this route is so far from our home base, logistics will be different from our usual setup. Guests will rendezvous with us at the trailhead the night before where we will camp together as a group before heading into the backcountry.
We are excited to be able to offer a trip in a new area. The Snowcrests are another breathtaking portion of our Big Sky State. They still hold no permanent protection, though their beauty, wildness, and ecological value are beyond debate. If you’re interested in exploring a different kind of Wild, this is the trip for you.