The True Spirit of the Mountains
The Chinese Wall Pack Trip is an 8-day roving camp adventure travel trip, which features a horseback ride to the spectacular 13-mile long Chinese Wall along the Continental Divide. This wilderness travel trip has several layover days, which provide a break in horseback riding and allow for some spectacular fly fishing in the streams and high country lakes. This is also a photographer and hiker paradise!
The Chinese Wall is a long limestone cliff in the Bob Marshall, standing 1,000 feet high and extending for 22 miles, from Haystack Mountain to Larch Hill Pass. Stunning views of the White River valley, Swan Mountain range and Flathead Mountain range can be seen from various points atop the Wall, as well as beautiful geological features that demonstrate how the Chinese Wall was formed over 150 million years ago.
- Chinese Wall – 22 miles long and 1000 feet high
- North and South Fork Sun River fishing – world class
- Daily horse rides are available.
- Great opportunity to see wildlife sunrise and sunsets
- Fly fishing on amazing untouched water
Chinese Wall Itinerary
Day 1 – Pack and Ride
We will pack up at the Benchmark trailhead (west of Augusta) and mount up for the horseback trail ride to our first camp site at Indian Point. We will stop for lunch at the “pack bridge” and arrive at camp late afternoon. You can relax as camp is set up and dinner is prepared. You will enjoy eating by our open campfire and gazing at more stars than you ever dreamed existed.
Day 2 – Explore
This is a layover day at Indian Point with the opportunity to fly fish, explore, hike, horseback trail ride or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This is a good opportunity to use your camera as the scenery is breathtaking!
Day 3 – Saddle Up and Ride
We horseback ride to our next camp at Moose Creek. You will see spectacular scenery as we ride along the “Wall.” You should see a mountain goat or two and maybe some elk, deer and maybe even a bear. Keep your camera ready!
Day 4 – Explore
This is another layover day. Explore the wonders of the Chinese Wall up close and personal with a hike up the “Wall.” Bring your camera; you will be on top of the world! You will see many varieties of wildflowers – we counted 72 varieties one year.
Day 5 – Away We Go Again
You are a pro in the saddle now. It’s nice to take a horseback trail ride down to our next camp on the banks of the north fork of the Sun River. The Sun River offers excellent fly fishing for both Cutthroat and Rainbow trout.
Day 6 – Relax
You can relax and sun yourself on the banks of the Sun River on this layover day. For the fly fisherman, this is a great opportunity at fighting both Cutthroat and Rainbow. To see more scenery, horseback riding and hiking are also options. Or maybe just relaxing to the sound of the mountain stream is just what the soul needs.
Day 7 – Pretty Ride
It is a pretty ride as we proceed to our final camp at Pretty Prairie, a big meadow along the south fork of the Sun River. An evening of relaxation or fishing along the banks of the river is great for reflecting on all the beauty and adventure you have seen.
Day 8 – Home Again
After a hearty breakfast and a leisurely morning, we will pack up and take the final horseback trail ride the final six miles back to the Benchmark trailhead. This completes the wilderness travel loop of our high mountain adventure.
This is a fully guided horseback pack trip requiring you to bring your personal gear, clothing, and toiletries which will be packed in one or two simple duffel bags not exceeding 45lbs total.
- Shuttle service to your hotel in Great Falls, MT following your trip. Make sure your hotel has airport shuttle service.
- Warm hat that covers ears
- Brimmed hat for sun protection
- Light weight gloves
- Waterproof rain jacket
- 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 or 2 canvas/nylon duffle bags (not to exceed 45 lbs total)
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
- Fishing tackle and gear
- Sleeping bag & sleeping pad (air or foam)
- Packable pillow (optional)
- Reusable water bottle
- 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
- 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 build-your-own sack lunch and hearty steak, 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 Low 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 Great Falls, MT and we provide a complimentary airport pickup. The night before your trip begins, we’ll all meet for dinner 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 at 7:00 am outside the hotel and carpool to the trailhead. Return days we try to arrive back at hotel before dinner.
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 most tours carry a satellite phone. 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:
- 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
- 5 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:
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