Snowcrest Mountains

Southwestern Montana's hidden hiking paradise

Trip Details

Trip Date:

08/23/2020 - 08/27/2020

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

5 Days - 4 Nights

Distance:

36mi

Distance with Day Hikes:

44mi

Rating:

Price Per Person:

$1,550

Availablity:

No

Highlights

  • Snowcrest Mountains
  • High divide hiking
  • Beautiful vistas

Description

The Snowcrest Mountains are located in Southwest Montana and are an island range that sails above the prairie where they offer 40 miles of ridgetop hiking and clear vistas into the Ruby River Valley, including the Gravelly Range to the east and Lima Peaks and Continental Divide to the west.

Our route will be a wide loop, gaining and losing in elevation as we make our way along this exposed ridgetop divide. We’ll drop down to camp near water and return to the ridge for more extended vistas. This trip will offer one layover day, with the option of climbing Atone Peak or settling for something milder. Mileages are moderate, with the longest day being 10 miles as we make our way along trails that are marked by cairns stacked like refrigerators.

Since this route is so far from our home base in Choteau, logistics are different than most of our trips. There is no shuttle service; guests will rendezvous in Dillion the day before and stay in town that evening before making the one-hour drive to our starting point the next morning. Food will be simpler on the trail, with one-pot meals being the mainstay as we keep loads and pack animals to a minimum.

With a limited group size of six guests, this is our newest trip offering and we are excited to offer it to our guests. The Snowcrest Mountains are another breathtaking portion of our state that still hold no permanent protection, though their beauty, wildness and ecological value are beyond debate.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 289–0863
info@dropstoneoutfitting.com


TRIP CANCELLATION POLICY

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.
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Trip Rating Definitions


 

Easy

  • 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.


Moderate

  • 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.


Strenuous

  • 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.