Snowcrest Mountains

Southwestern Montana's hidden hiking paradise

Trip Details

Trip Date:

08/16/2022 - 08/21/2022

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

6 Days - 5 Nights

Distance:

35mi

Distance with Day Hikes:

45mi

Rating:

Price Per Person:

$2,400

Availablity:

Full

Book this trip:

Online Reservation

Highlights

  • Snowcrest Mountains
  • High divide hiking
  • Beautiful vistas
  • Off the beaten path

Description

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.

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


TRIP CANCELLATION POLICY

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.
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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.