Southern Scapegoat Wilderness

Southern Scapegoat Wilderness: Red Mountain, Crow Peak and Beyond

Trip Details

Trip Date:

08/19/2018 - 08/24/2018

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

6 Days - 5 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Red Mountain, the tallest mountain in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
  • Several layover days
  • Rock pools of the Dearborn River
  • Small stream fishing opportunities
  • Fascinating geology
  • Continental Divide exploration


Summit the tallest mountain in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex and meander along the Continental Divide on this trip into the Scapegoat Wilderness, located in the southern portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex. Fish the headwaters of the Blackfoot River, and pick ripe huckleberries at your leisure. This trip has a little bit of everything.

For those with peak climbing ambition, Red Mountain (9411’) towers above all of the other peaks in the Bob, yet has a steep but accessible approach. August is a prime time to see Grizzly Bears feeding on one of their favorite treats, the Gypsy Moth. Red Mountain has an abundant population of these moths, helping our chances of watching one of these spectacular bears. For those wanting a mellower trip, there is plenty of great fishing in the many lakes along our route and in Landers Fork, the headwaters of the Blackfoot River. During this trip, guests also have the option to summit Crow Mountain (8,611) and look into the wild Carmichael Basin below. Another day hike explores south along the spine of the continental divide, taking in the true meaning of why this country is called “the backbone of the world.”

To round out our tour of the Southern Scapegoat, we drop over to the east side of the divide and hike along the rock pools and small waterfalls of the Dearborn River for a beautiful end to an amazing trip.

Few other trips offer this combination of vast geography while not constantly being on the move. If you want lots of freedom to pick your own adventures on layover days with the options of climbing peaks, relaxing, smaller day hikes or fishing, then this is the trip for you. 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.