A MUST-DO HIGH COUNTRY ADVENTURE!
The Scapegoat Mountain adventure travel trip is a High Country Adventure! Bring your sense of adventure, bring your camera, but leave your cares and worries at home when you join us on the Scapegoat Mountain wilderness travel trip. This is a 9-day roving camp where we travel into high country, crossing the Continental Divide twice and exploring the magnificent Scapegoat Mountain. Your eye and camera will encounter spectacular mountain vistas, sheer waterfalls, a colorful array of wildflowers and high country wildlife (elk, mountain goat, deer, etc.).
- Explore an old plane crash
- Explore over 11 miles of mapped caves
- Meadow Creek Camp & historic Webb Lake Ranger Station
- Gold mine exploring
- Huge waterfalls on Blackfoot River
- Visit the old Carmichael Ranger Outpost
- Witness the Devil’s Staircase
- Ride the high ride exploring Scapegoat Mountain
Scapegoat Mountain Itinerary
Day 1 – Pack and Ride
We leave the trailhead at Indian Meadows for a horseback trail ride through the lakes country to our first camp at Meadow Creek. We will ride past Heart, Webb, Parker and Meadow Lakes where there is a good chance to view moose in their natural habitat. Lunch will be at the ranger station on picturesque Webb Lake. By nightfall you’ll have 14 miles in the saddle.
Day 2 – Ride the Burn
Today is an easy 8-mile horseback ride to Camp Creek Camp. You will see nature at work on the regrowth of the 1988 wildfire area. This special ecology provides nutrients and regrowth, which supports an increasing elk population – keep your camera ready for a chance at encountering that big bull.
Day 3 – Layover
We will layover a day at Camp Creek and use it as a base for a short side trip to the picturesque North Fork Falls. The falls are on the beautiful Blackfoot River and have a magnificent set of sheer drops. Enjoy lunch to the relaxing sound of the rushing water, and for the hearty, the feel of cool mountain stream water on your feet. This is a relaxing day in preparation for the climb into high mountain country the next couple of days.
Day 4 – Off Trail Adventure
Today will be an adventure – the ultimate wilderness travel! As the mountain men forged their way through the mountains using only their sense of direction, so will we travel cross-country, using no trails. We will be climbing 2,500 feet into high country on our way to camp at the old Carmichael ranger outpost. We will ride past a spectacular ridged rock formation known as Devil’s Staircase. After going over the top, we will drop down into Cooney Creek, where we may find wild strawberries (season dependent) and again be ready for encounters with elk. You will be ready for a good night’s sleep in our camp on Cooney Creek.
Day 5 – High Ride
Get ready for a good day of horseback riding – following switchbacks in the high country as we follow Tobacco Valley to Dobrota Creek, climbing from the valley floor over the Continental Divide. Lunch on the Divide will give us our first look at Scapegoat Mountain and provide spectacular close-ups of glaciers and the glacier lilies blooming as winter snow relinquishes its icy grip. We will ride down to the base of Scapegoat to our camp at Half Moon Park. Your camera will be busy today, with spectacular scenery and a good chance for seeing mountain goats on Scapegoat Mountain.
Day 6 – Explore Scapegoat
This is a layover day, providing an opportunity to explore Scapegoat Mountain. We will visit beautiful Spring Falls as we climb (by horseback) higher up the mountain. A spectacular view from high on the mountain will enhance our lunch. After lunch we climb on foot to the level of your comfort – for the hearty, we will climb to the top (9,200 feet) for an unparalleled mountain vista. Again your cameras will be busy – be ready for views of mountain goats. If you’re up to it, sunrise from Half Moon Park will provide a view which is almost .
Day 7 – Saddle Up and Ride
After our foot work yesterday, we are ready for a nice 10-mile horseback ride down Welcome Creek to Dearborn River. We will be ready for a good night’s rest — roll out the ole bedroll and kick back for some cowboy stew.
Day 8 – Ride High
We continue our horseback ride down Dearborn River past Whitetail Creek and climb into high country over the Continental Divide again, this time using Black Tail Pass. Get your cameras again, as we enjoy lunch and some more spectacular scenery. We will camp early where you can relax overlooking the horses grazing in the meadow below camp, reflecting the past week’s adventures and all the wilderness travel, and preparing for your return to civilization.
Day 9 – Trailhead
We take our final horseback trail ride, down the Chaps Gap trail, past Heart Lake and back to Indian Meadows trailhead. We will have a renewed spirit and strong memories as we trade our saddles for a seat in a vehicle. What an adventure holiday – wilderness travel, sights and sounds that reinforce the memory of a wonderful adventure travel trip!
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.
- 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
- 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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