Visit the centerpiece of the Bob Marshall Wilderness this summer. The iconic Southern Chinese Wall is a sheer limestone escarpment stretching over 13 miles in length, part of the almost 40-mile-long wall. This loop hike takes us along the base of this famous Montana landmark while giving us ample time to explore mountaintops and blue-ribbon trout streams along the way.
We spend our first few days traveling toward the Continental Divide and the home of the Chinese Wall. Those who are interested have the chance to fish the cool clear waters of the West Fork of the Sun River or hike to a remote lookout before continuing our journey to the Chinese Wall. Once camped near the wall, we use our layover day to climb on top of the grand escarpment through a small break in its sheer rock face, providing us with dramatic views in all directions and a solid sense of alpine elation. There is no doubt as to why this has become such a popular destination point.
From our revelry on high, we travel down glacially carved Moose Creek. We camp for a night in this wild drainage before hiking to the North Fork of the Sun River. One of the most spectacular valleys in the Bob Marshall, the North Fork is the perfect location to hang out by the water, fish, hike, and explore for a few days. We walk out along Gibson Reservoir, which forms just past the confluence of the North and South Forks of the Sun.
This trip is ideal for those wanting to see the iconic Chinese Wall while adding a few stunning side trips along the way. Most hiking days are between 10 and 12 miles, and the route is almost a complete loop, allowing you to constantly move through new country and really take in the immensity of this remarkable geologic structure.