Southern Scapegoat Backpack

with Bryn and Bill Cunningham

Trip Details

Trip Date:

07/03/2023 - 07/10/2023

Trip Type:


Number of Days/Nights:

8 Days - 7 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:




Apply for this Trip:

Online Reservation


  • Tallest peak in the Bob Marshall
  • Wilderness Solitude
  • Montana backpacking
  • Peak climbing
  • Off-trail exploration
  • Wildflowers
  • Beautiful Vistas


Are you looking for a Montana wilderness experience? This 8-day backpacking traverse affords you an opportunity of adventure like no other. With all you need on your back and a trip long enough so you can truly forget what day it is, this is wilderness immersion at its finest.  From scaling Red Mountain (9411’), the tallest peak in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, to climbing the beautiful Crow Peak (8611) to exploring the Falls Creek drainage, this backpack traverses a wonderful, lightly travelled corner of the Bob.

This excursion includes the opportunity to climb several peaks, to swim in mountains lakes, and to hike along the Continental Divide for several days.  If you like to fish, there will also be a few fishing opportunities. The moving days are all on-trail, but some of the trails will not be cleared and you may encounter downfall, snow patches, and high water. Your average backpack weight is typically between 35 and 40 pounds. It is important to be in very good physical shape, and previous backpacking experience is necessary.  No stock support is provided on this trip. One client on a past backpacking trip put it well when she said she’d “never been on a trip that had been so physically invigorating and completely relaxing at the same time.”

We really enjoy this corner of the Bob, and we are only able to run trips here periodically, so we are very excited about the backpack this year. If you’re looking for true wilderness adventure, solitude, and a serious physical challenge, this is the trip for you.

Please call or email for more details.
(406) 461-2114 or (406) 403-1902


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.

Trip Rating Definitions



  • 6 – 10 mile travel days with some of those days requiring changes in elevation of 500 – 1500 ft. over several miles. Short portions of route may be off-trail.

Moderately Difficult

  • 8 – 12+ mile travel days with regular 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 may be involved.

*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.