Southern Chinese Wall Loop

Visit the Centerpiece of Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

Trip Details

Trip Date:

07/26/2019 - 08/02/2019

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

8 Days - 7 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Chinese Wall
  • Naturalist History with Dr. Wenfei Tong
  • Fly-fishing
  • Staggering mountain
  • Peak climbing
  • Loop tour hikes


One of our most iconic tours, this guided hiking trip takes guests to the crowning jewel of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex—the Chinese Wall. A sheer limestone escarpment, the southern portion of the wall is 13 miles long (and is part of the longer nearly 40-mile-long wall) and is one of the most jaw-dropping places in the West. Trip highlights include blue-ribbon trout streams (ideal for fly-fishing and freshwater swims), an opportunity to stand on top of the Chinese Wall and take in the views, the Moose Creek Drainage and the North Fork of the Sun River.

As an added bonus, Dr. Wenfei Tong joins us on this trip to help us explore the natural history of the Chinese Wall. Wenfei is an evolutionary biologist, and works on a variety of things from the genetics of egg color and pattern to using poo to find out how family relationships structure zebra societies. When she isn’t being a professor in Alaska, she loves lecturing to hapless hikers, and has lead natural history trips to places including the Galapagos, East Africa and Montana. She enjoys riding, birding, writing about, photographing and painting nature, and is currently writing a book on bird family life for Princeton University Press. Learn more about Dr. Wenfei Tong.

This trip is ideal for those wanting to see the iconic Chinese Wall while adding a few stunning side trips along the way.  This is also the perfect trip for those seeking to further their Montana natural history knowledge. Most hiking days are between 10 and 12 miles, and the route is almost a complete loop, allowing us to constantly move through new country and really take in the immensity of this remarkable geologic structure.

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.