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Women's Backpacking Trips

in the Beartooth wilderness, Montana

Dates: Jul 04 - 07, Jul 18 -21, Aug 2-4

Registration Open

Off the beaten path - the Beartooth wilderness of Montana is known for it's remoteness and solitude. Join our female guides and  enjoy nature in it's purest form away from crowds.

The Beartooths host Montana's premier backpacking routes, both on and off trail. Expect wild alpine scenery from glacial valleys to high plateaus. Known for it's pristine lakes, beautiful waterfalls, and towering granite walls, you can expect a memorable hiking trip in the Beartooth Wilderness.

 

Our trips focus on the simplicity of nature, with your backpack and trip mates.  Join one of our experienced female guides for a magical wilderness experience.

Group

Our minimum group size is 3 and max. is 8 participants. You will meet other adventurous ladies that are keen to explore new areas and activities!

Difficulty & Fitness

Shorter trips are usually a bit easier to begin with and our longer trips need a bit more indurance. As a thumb of rule, most participants and newer to backpacking. Our hiking days are usually 4-6 hours long.

Weather

The mountains are not as predictible as other topographical features and we might encouter some rain or even snow. We will be prepared with rain gear and warm layers! June - September are the most stable month in the Beartooth mountains and we are planning on sunshine and dry days.

Getting there

You can fly either into Billings airport or Yellowstone (Bozeman) airport and drive with your rental car (or carpool) to Red Lodge. We will meet you the next day at 9 am in Red Lodge at our office and caravan to the trailhead or meet at the trailhead directly. Most trips include a short shuttle that had been easly organized in the past with participant's vehicles.

Food & Gear

This trip is all-inclusive, so you can relax and minimize the hassle of planning. We will provide breakfasts and dinners on the trail, but you need to pack snacks and lunches. We can accomendate most diets: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose intolerant. Our meals are a mix of fresh, self-made food and freeze dried pre-packaged meals.

Once you booked a trip with us, we will provide you a complete gear list. Most important non-rentable items to consider beforehand are: clothing and hiking boots. We can rent out (free of charge) tents. If you need essential items such as: backpack, hiking poles, headlamps and eating utensils, consider renting from Kit Lender! We are happy to help you in the process.

Difficulty: 

Beginner - Intermediate, up to 3000 ft of elevation gain

Fitness:

Ability to hike up to 6 hours with a 30 lb backpack

Price:

$1200

Season:

June - September

Group Size:

3 - 8 participants

Duration:

2-4 days

Prerequisits

none

Location:

Red Lodge, West Rosebud, Montana

Includes:

Cooking equipment, tents & professional guide

 

optional: sleeping pad, sleeping bag, backpack, hiking poles, headlamps and eating utensils, needs to be booked with "KitLender"

Excludes:

Lunches, Snacks, transportation, personal items,  and guide gratuity

Trails

The Beartooth wilderness offers many trails that are accessed through different drainages. Depending on the fitness levels of the groups we will choose the perfetct route for you. Trailheads include the West, Main and Lake Fork and Red Lodge Creek drainages.

On our longer trips we might summit the famous Sundance Pass, Hellroaring Plateau or Thunder mountain. Some of the beautiful lakes such as Black Canyon Lake, Lost Lake, Sundance Lake or Crow Lake are included on shorters treks as well.

West Fork Loop Trail

22.03 miles, 3571' elevation gain, 4279 ' elevation loss

Day 1: West Fork THD (at 7900ft) to Quinnebaugh meadows. 5 miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain. Will hike along the West fork creek of Rock Creek a drainage of the Beartooth mountains. Camp will be at Quinnebaugh meadows. Option to hike up to Lake Mary, one way 2 miles 1000 ft elevation gain.

Day 2: Quinnebough meadows to Shadow Lake or Sundance Lake. 4 miles with 900 ft of elevation gain. We will hike along the West Fork creek and the environment will change from a more high forestry one to a more alpine one.

Day 3: Shadow/ Sundance Lake to September Lake. 5 miles with 1500 ft of elevation gain and 1400 ft of elevation loss. We will hike up Sundance Pass where we will be at the highest point of 1100 ft of elevation and descent to September Lake in the Lake fork of Rock Creek. This environment is still alpine with September Lake being at 9694 ft.

Day 4: September Lake to Lake Fork THD (at 6900 ft). 8 miles 2500 ft of elevation loss. We descend back into the valley along the Lake Fork of Rock Creek. The environment will become more forestry again.

Silver Run Plateau Trail

17 miles, 3800’ elevation gain, 4970’ elevation loss

Day 1: Start at Timberline Creek THD at 7600' and hike for about 4 miles and gain 2000’ on the beautiful Timberline Creek trail to the Timberline lake at 10,000’. This beautiful alpine lake is surrounded by granite walls and mountains.

Day 2: Hike for about 5 miles and gain 800’ to Silver Run Lake.
Optional – hike one of the surrounding mountains like “North Silver Run Mountain” and spend another night at Timberline lake. Lengthen the next 2 days by hiking about 7 miles/day.

 

Day 3: Hike up switchbacks to gain the Silver Run plateau. This involves about 5 miles, 1000’ of elevation gain and 2000’ of elevation loss. Camp in the Alpine tundra of the Beartooth Mountains.

Day 4: Hike for about 5 miles on Beartrack trail and Silver Run trail and loose about 2000’ of elevation gain. We will enter the forest again and finish our route at Silver Run Trail.

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"This is your sign to go deep into the wild with Beartooth Mountain Guides, Anju and her team are exceptional and create meaningful experience off the beaten path"

Sheryl Wright, Founder of "Dare to Detour"

Want to learn more? Please feel free to reach out!
 

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