On top of the world in Montana!
The Continental Divide Pack Trip is a 7-day roving camp, adventure travel trip, which focuses on a horseback trail ride along and over the famous Rocky Mountain Continental Divide. Throw in a little fishing along the way and your camera will get a workout as you travel to the top of the world!
The Continental Divide of the Americas (also referred to as the Great Continental Divide) is a geological boundary, separating the watersheds of the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans. It extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan, down North America along the Rocky Mountains and into the tip of South America. It is crossed by the Panama Canal and by the two outlets of Isa Lake in Yellowstone National Park.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (or “CDT”) is a U.S. National Scenic Trail which runs 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide along the Rocky Mountains and crosses five states (Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico). At Triple Divide Peak in Glacier National Park in Montana, the CDT separates the Hudson Bay, Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean drainages.
- Meadow Creek Camp and the historic Webb Lake Ranger Station
- Ride the famous Continental Divide Trail (CDT)
- Ride to the top of Crow Mountain at 8600 feet
- Great opportunity to see wildlife sunrise and sunsets
- Big Horn Lake fishing
- Fly fishing on amazing untouched water on Landers Creek
Continental Divide Trail Itinerary
Itineraries are Subject to Change! This trip can start out going one way and end another…. Like ending at Meadow Creek Camp, instead of starting there.
Day 1 – Pack up and head into the Scapegoat Wilderness
We will pack up the mules and adjust your stirrups on your well-seasoned mountain horse or mule and ride into our Meadow Creek base camp, 14 miles in, within the heart of the Scapegoat Wilderness. We will break for lunch at Webb Lake Ranger Station, which is the halfway point for the day. Overlooking Webb Lake, the once “year-round manned Ranger Station” is a reminder of years gone by, as it is rarely used by Forest Service personnel in the 21st century.
Day 2 – Meadow Creek Layover Day – Relax
This is a layover day at Meadow Creek base camp where you can set your own agenda. You have the opportunity to fish for 2-pound native Westslope Cutthroat and 4-pound Rainbow trout, explore, hike, ride off the mainline trails, or simply relax in your beautiful wilderness setting. This should be a great day to spot a moose or a herd of elk.
Day 3 – Saddle Up and Ride
Today we take a 4-hour horseback trail ride to our next camp at the Middle Fork of Landers Creek. Learn about the forces of wildfire as we travel through the 1988 Canyon Creek Fire area. The fire engulfed over 200,000 acres in only 36 hours. Now you can enjoy the solitude of the forest in its rebirth. Hungry 8- to 10-inch cutthroats await your arrival on the Middle Fork for a late afternoon outing.
Day 4 – Crow Mountain (elevation 8600 feet)
It’s a layover day, so relax and take in Mother Nature’s beauty at your own pace. Once the horses are wrangled up, we’ll saddle up and try your hand at some real mountain riding. Your trusty steed will carry you to the top of Crow Mountain. The fact that the glacier lily wildflowers are still popping out of the few remaining snow banks from last winter reminds us that just because the calendar reads late July, springtime is just coming to the high country. Let’s pick a few flowers for the centerpiece at tonight’s dinner table…
Day 5 – To the Top
Today we Ride the Divide. Keep your camera handy as we horseback ride atop the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide to our next campsite – “Valley of the Moon,” elevation 8,000 feet. We are in big game country — watch for mountain goat, elk, and mule deer at home in the vast meadows of wild flowers. If we are lucky, maybe we can spot some endangered species (grizzly bear or gray wolf). The stars tonight will seem close enough to reach out and grab one!
Day 6 – Fish and Explore
Sunrise on the Divide is a scene that will be etched in your memory forever! A short day ride along the top of the Continental Divide will put us at Big Horn Lake. The Blackfoot Indian Tribe named the lake No-See-Um, as it is nestled beneath vertical cliffs on 3 sides, making it hard to find until you are actually standing next to it. Now is the time to try your skill (or luck) at fly fishing and/or photography. It’s just a great day to be in the mountains!
Day 7 – Back to Reality
Pack up and hit the trail again back to civilization. It’s a 5-hour horseback ride with the Rocky Mountain Continental Divide at your back and the trailhead nearing with every step of your horses feet. It’s hard not to turn around and let the wilderness adventure never end. But first, one last lesson from Mother Nature as we ride through the Snow-Talon fire area of 2003 and witness the regeneration of post-fire forests. It is reemerging with every passing day — you may find yourself doing the same, as you sit in the saddle this final day. The seat in your car may never feel comfortable again!
This is a fully guided horseback pack trip requiring you to bring your personal gear, clothing, and toiletries which will be packed in one simple DUFFEL BAG, NO WHEELS……, not exceeding 40 lbs total.
- Warm hat that covers ears
- Brimmed hat for sun protection
- Light weight gloves
- Waterproof rain jacket (no dusters or trench coats)
- Waterproof rain pants
- Wool or fleece jacket
- Wool or fleece vest (optional)
- Wool base layer shirt long and short sleeve
- Nylon light weight hiking pants
- Nylon shorts
- 2 – 3 pairs wool socks
- Hiking boots or shoes. Preferably boots
- Water shoes for creek crossings and swimming
- Small day pack (optional)
- 1 canvas/nylon duffle bag, NO WHEELS……. (not to exceed 40 lbs total)
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
- Fishing tackle and gear
- Sleeping bag & sleeping backpacking pad, NO BIG BLOW UP PADS.
- Packable pillow (optional)
- Reusable water bottle or 2, LIFESTRAWS ARE THE BEST
- Camera with extra batteries
- Light weight camp shoes (optional)
- Personal toiletries – tooth paste, unscented deodorant, lip balm, sunscreen, unscented lotion, insect repellent, personal medications
- Wash cloth & small pack towel
- SHOWER BAG
- Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
Our back country menu has a variety of classic favorites like bacon, eggs, fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, deli style sack lunch and all sorts of hearty suppers, steak, ribs, pork chops, Hamburger, rice, potato and veggies for dinner. Come with an appetite. This is the best part of the trip.
Ready for a trip of a lifetime? Simply call Kenny, Coley or Caren at 406-939-2546, email Kenny@Klazy3SummerAdventures.com, or click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Kenny will then discuss your trip and confirm availability. Please feel free to call with any questions.
K Lazy 3 is based out of Lincoln, MT. The nearest airport is located in Helena, MISSOULA pickup is $100.00, and we provide a complimentary airport pickup. The night before your trip begins, we’ll all meet for a safety meeting and be introduced to one another, plus go over any last minute details.
We operate in the Montana Scapegoat Wilderness area, with two backcountry camp bases (14 and 18 miles from the Indian Meadows Trail Head). The trailhead is 60 miles northwest of Helena and 15 miles northeast of Lincoln.
On departure day, we’ll meet around 7:00 am outside the hotel and carpool to the trailhead. Return days we try to arrive back at hotel before dinner. If you are flying in come the day before your trip and fly out the day after your trip.
Your safety is our top priority. Our pack tours are led by professional guides and wranglers, all of whom are first aid- and CPR-certified, with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all our tours carry InReach Satellite devices. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact Kenny Low at 406-939-2546 or email Kenny@Klazy3SummerAdventures.com
Your pack trip will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness, hunting and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes.
The standard group size on our pack trips is 4 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 406-939-2546 and we’ll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 8 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
- 6 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis
Being a northern mountain environment, this Wilderness is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in the mountains. June has the potential for snow, especially at higher elevations. The rest of the summer, you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely. See below for average summer temperatures for the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex:
|Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)