Southern Chinese Wall Loop

Visit the centerpiece of the 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:





  • Iconic Chinese Wall
  • Peak climbing
  • Fishing


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.

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.