Southern Chinese Wall

The iconic Southern Chinese Wall is a sheer limestone escarpment stretching over 13 miles in length.

Trip Details

Trip Date:

09/03/2018 - 09/08/2018

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

6 Days - 5 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • The impressive Chinese Wall
  • Opportunity to climb on top of Wall and to a historic fire lookout.
  • Early fall colors and elk bugling


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.  This “in-and-out” hike takes us along the base of our famous Montana landmark.

We spend our first few days traveling towards the Continental Divide and the home of the Chinese Wall. Those interested have the chance to fish the cool clear waters of the West Fork of the Sun River on a layover or hike to a remote lookout before continuing our journey to camp at the base of the Chinese Wall itself. We then use our layover day to climb on top of the Wall, with stunning views and alpine solace there is no doubt just why this has become such a popular destination point.

From our revelry on high we travel back along the same route noticing this time all those fine points one tends to miss in our hurry towards the goal. Our final day is a quiet saunter along calm waters, open parks, and old burns as we bring it all back together and make our way to the Benchmark Trailhead. For those who seek peak summiting, magnificent views, and a chance to see the iconic Chinese Wall, this is the ideal trip. Please call or email for more details.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 289–0863


Trip deposits are non-refundable.  The remainder of the trip price is due on May 15th unless otherwise specified and is non-refundable at that time.  We STRONGLY encourage purchasing trip insurance for reasons including, but not limited to health issues, weather events such as wildfires/smoke/floods, and necessary route changes that may impact your ability or desire to participate in the trip.   We recommend the Gold or Platinum Plan by TravelGuard.

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
7 – 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 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 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.