Wildlife Backstories: Tracks, Trails and Signs Workshop

A fall hiking getaway with outdoor education specialists, Lisa Flowers and Eric Bergman

Trip Details

Trip Date:

09/10/2020 - 09/14/2020

Trip Type:

Stock Supported

Number of Days/Nights:

5 Days - 4 Nights



Distance with Day Hikes:



Price Per Person:





  • Fall hiking in the Bob Marshall Wilderness
  • Tracking workshop
  • Base-camp hiking
  • Animal trailing workshop
  • Educational opportunity
  • Fall colors
  • Wildlife


September along the South Fork of Birch Creek is a magical time – golden leaves flicker in the breeze and illuminate hillsides as elk bugle in the distance and animal tracks frequent the trails, reminding us that we are not the only ones traveling these woods. Join us for our inaugural wildlife tracking, trailing and animal sign identification workshop with Lisa Flowers and Eric Bergman where we will investigate the habits of the bear, wolf, cat, deer, elk and other animals as they prepare for the oncoming winter.

The workshop takes place at our Circus Creek Base Camp, a 10.75-mile hike from the trailhead.  The hike in follows Swift Dam Reservoir and later, the South Fork of Birch Creek to our camp. While the trail is overall river grade, there are several sections with small elevation gains and drops. Once at camp, you have the comforts of a wall tent and wood stove for a communal workshop and eating space, as well as several other features that make your stay more comfortable.

Each day, we’ll set out in search of tracks and animal sign, and you’ll learn about their backstory and how to interpret what we find. Eric and Lisa will lead us on our tracking hunts and present several mini lectures and hands on activities (both in the field and in camp) explaining the habits of the mammals that live in the area.

The days spent at base camp will be a combination of track and sign hunting, discussion and hiking, while the nights will include hearty meals, beverages and lively conversation about the day’s findings.

If you love fall in Montana, are curious to learn more about tracking, and like the idea of hiking out of a base camp, this is an opportunity you do not want to miss.

Click to learn more about Lisa Flowers and Eric Bergman.

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.