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Bob Marshall Wilderness Pack Trips

Itinerary for Bob Marshall Wilderness Pack Trips

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival
Arrive to Great Falls before 2:00pm for transfer to Augusta. Check into local B&B. Afternoon check of baggage and re-organizing into duffel bags. Dinner on your own. In Augusta, there is a small diner named Mel’s which offers ice cream, burgers and amazing breakfasts. The Buckhorn bar serves it's famous broiled chicken and offers many other menu items such as steak and burgers. Both are directly across the street from the B&B. Down the street is the Allen’s Manix General Store where they say "if we don’t have it, you don’t need it". J and S Country Store also offers a wide variety of souvenirs. The Western Bar also serves great lunch and dinner meals.
Meals included: None
Overnight at Bunkhouse Inn in Augusta

Day 2: Ride to Basecamp
Early morning pick up, and arrival in Benchmark just after daylight. The wranglers should just be finishing up with the saddling of the stock. After an introduction to safe horsemanship, you will be introduced to your horse for the trip. Riders are matched as closely as possible to their mounts according to individual skills and abilities. Our stock is good and gentle. You should be on the trail early in the morning, and riding into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. We cross the South Fork of the Sun River via the pack bridge, then across the West Fork pack bridge. Quite often we see elk, whitetail deer, and mule deer along this stretch of trail while the dew is still on the grass. We often stop for lunch at the Indian Creek Ranger Station, or thereabouts. On some trips, we may camp in this vicinity, if we have previously made arrangements. After lunch, we saddle up and start the ride up Indian Creek. This is an especially scenic area. On most trips, in late July to mid-August, bears can be seen from time to time, feeding on the berry crop across the drainage. This is also a good area in which to see mountain goats. The scenic ride climaxes on top of the Continental Divide. From here it is 5 miles down hill to our camp, and a well deserved rest after the long horseback ride.
Riding approx. 22 miles
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White River

Day 3: Rest Day (no riding)
After yesterday's ride, we turned the horses out to pasture, as we plan to spend most of this day in and around our basecamp. Our camp is located at the nexus of the White River and South Fork of the White River, in almost the exact geographical center of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The White River is 150 yards from camp and affords some really good fishing opportunities for both novice and expert fishermen. West slope cutthroat trout are the primary species. If you don’t wish to fish, you can go for a scenic hike right out of camp, take a sun shower (we cheat and heat the water when necessary), and watch the deer feed in and around camp most anytime.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White River

Day 4: Ride to South Fork of the Flathead River
The daily schedule for any day can be arranged to fit both personal and group desires, and weather conditions. This day we are planning a day ride to the South Fork of the Flathead River. It involves a 7-mile (one way) river grade trip, fishing and swimming in the river (which is about 10 degrees warmer than the White River). On the way, we may see wildlife, take pictures in White River Park and Murphy's Meadows, pick out the profile on "Scarface" Mountain, and practice horsemanship. After returning to a delicious meal, campfire talk, songs and good company can be enjoyed any evening.
Riding approx. 14 miles
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White River

Day 5: Ride to the Lost World
Today we are going up the White River on horseback, to a "secret" place known only as "the lost World". This place is a remote valley, inaccessible from most directions, and then only by an unmarked trail. Many times, mountain goat, elk and mule deer can be seen. This place gives us the feeling that they are on the moon as the terrain seems to be mostly rock. On the way we will pass Needle Falls, where the mainstream of the White River appears to pass through the eye of the "needle:, a hole in the rock that in recent times formed a natural bridge. By mid-afternoon we should be back in camp, with time left for a hike or to fish after dinner.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White River

Day 6: Ride to the "Flathead Alps"
This is a good day to go to the "Flathead Alps", up the drainage of the South Fork of the White river. A relatively easy ride, it can be as easy or as hard as you wish as you can hike in the "Alps" while the others catch a nap in the sun or take pictures. Adventure is where you find it, or in some cases where you create it.
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White River

Day 7: Ride to the Continental Divide
This is a special day, one that we have been saving until now. This trip is a must for everyone. Just 4 miles up the trail from camp, on Haystack Mountain, to the Chinese Wall. This is an overpowering sight, as the mountain appears to have been cut off with a huge knife, some 1,400 feet from top to bottom. This is the Continental Divide. The general area is also referred to as the "overthrust belt". Often we see bighorn sheep and mountain goats, and sometimes a herd of elk can be spotted in the valley below. If you like mountain scenery, you will love this place set in the midst of a panorama of the wildest places in the continental U.S.
Riding approx. 8 miles
Meals included: Lunch & Dinner
Overnight camping near White River

Day 8: Ride Back
We will try to be in the saddle by early morning. We will take the same trail we came in on, but somehow it looks much different going the other direction, and just as beautiful. We should be at Benchmark by mid-afternoon, and you can expect be to Augusta by about 6:00 PM, checking into a local B&B.
Riding approx. 22 miles
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Bunkhouse Inn in Augusta

Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, transfer back to Great Falls.
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Bob Marshall Wilderness Pack Trips
Tour Code: RTMT01
9 days / 8 nights ~$2,500.00
Dates : Jul-Aug

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 07/02 - 07/10 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/11 - 07/19 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/20 - 07/28 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 07/30 - 08/07 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/08 - 08/16 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/18 - 08/26 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
A 2020 08/27 - 09/04 9d / 8n 7 day Pack Trip, AP + first... 5 /10 Reserve
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Bob Marshall Wilderness - an Introduction
Tack: Western
Horses: Mixed
Pace: Slow, 3 miles per hour. About 4-6 hrs ...
Airport: Great Falls International Airport (GTF)
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