Backpacking Trips

"I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." - John Muir

Backpacking With Bitterroot Backpacking

Custom Backpacking Trips

Explore the lesser traveled trails of Montana on group or private trips.

- Custom itineraries for every trip out into the wild and beautiful backcountry.

- Trips as easy and short as 5 miles and as long as 30 miles!

- Gear
- Brush up your backcountry hiking and camping skills as you hike with a guide to a backcountry destination.

Intro To Backpacking Course

Always wanted to learn how to backpack but never got the chance to go? Here's your opportunity!

- Learn the ins and outs of backcountry hiking and camping as you hike with a guide to a backcountry destination.

- Camp.

- Learn about Leave No Trace.

- Learn how to efficiently carry weight and cook food in the backcountry.

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Destination Trips

Have a National Park you've always wanted to go to? I can guide you there! You decide where and when!

- Trips longer than 4 days.

- Multiple days on different trails.

- Destinations in other states like: Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Examples of Customized Backpacking Trips

2 Days - 1 Night

4 - 20 miles
Coordinated Start and End Time

Potential Ideas:
- Hike to a backcountry lake and camp there.

- Hike up a mountain ridge and camp along the ridge.

- Easy hike and camp along a peaceful creek with waterfalls.

3 Days - 2 Nights

4 - 30 miles
Coordinated Start and End Time

Potential Ideas:
- Spend two nights camped near a high altitude lake surrounded by mountain peaks.

- Hike out to a backcountry lake and base camp from there to hike to mountain passes and higher elevation lakes.

4 Days - 3 Nights

4 - 40 miles
4 Days, 3 Nights
Coordinated Start Time

Potential Trip Ideas:
- Spend three nights at a mountain lake.

- Hike and camp at 3 different mountain lakes in one trip.

- Hike to a backcountry lake and base camp. Day hike to mountain passes and higher elevation lakes.

Courses and Other Trips

Intro To Backpacking

Two and Three Day Options Available

- Learn the ins and outs of backcountry hiking and camping as you hike with a guide to a backcountry destination and camp.

- Learn about Leave No Trace.

- Learn how to efficiently carry weight and cook food in the backcountry.

Destination Trips

Have a National Park you've always wanted to go to? I can guide you there! You decide where and when!

- Trips longer than 4 days.

- Multiple days on different trails.

- Destinations in other states like: Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Backpacking With Bitterroot Backpacking

Intro To Backpacking

Two and Three Day Options Available

- Learn the ins and outs of backcountry hiking and camping as you hike with a guide to a backcountry destination and camp.

- Learn about Leave No Trace.

- Learn how to efficiently carry weight and cook food in the backcountry.

Destination Trips

Have a National Park you've always wanted to go to? I can guide you there! You decide where and when!

- Trips longer than 4 days.

- Multiple days on different trails.

- Destinations in other states like: Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Great Smokey Mountain National Park

Group Trip Rates

Customized Backpacking Trips


$350 / person / 24 hrs

- Sit back and relax while we plan your trip for you!
- Custom itineraries created for trip options in other locations.
- Easy to challenging trips
- Equipment Included
- Food Included
- Most trips planned to include kayaking and guide carries inflatable kayaks.

Intro To Backpacking


$375 / person / 24 hrs

- Learn the ins and outs of backcountry hiking and camping as you hike with a guide to a backcountry destination and camp. - Learn about Leave No Trace. 
- Learn how to efficiently use energy and cook food in the backcountry.

Private Trip Rates

Private Custom Backpacking Trips


$500 / person / 24 hrs

- Enjoy a custom backpacking trip specially tailored to you and your best travel pals' preferences! Groups of 5 or more pay the same as our standard custom trips!

- Easy to challenging trips
- Equipment Included
- Food Included
- Most trips planned to include kayaking and guide carries inflatable kayaks.

Enjoy one of our award-winning trips as an exclusive adventure for you and your best travel pals. Groups of six or more pay the same price per person as our standard trips, so you don't even have to splurge to go private. Want to start planning your trip? Our travel experts would love to help.

Private Intro To Backpacking


$550 / person / 24 hrs

- Learn the ins and outs of backcountry hiking and camping as you hike with a guide to a backcountry destination and camp. - Learn about Leave No Trace.
- Learn how to efficiently use energy and cook food in the backcountry.

How to book:

1. Plan your trip with your guide by emailing [email protected]

2. Pick out a trip with your guide.

3. Coordinate trailhead location with your guide.

4. Pay

4. Read the Basics of Backpacking Guide.

6. Learn about Leave No Trace!

7. Pack! Link to things to pack in your backpack!

8. Go backpacking!

What's Included?

- Adventurous backpacking on a mountain trail through beautiful scenery, wildflowers, and pine forests.

Backpacking gear rental included:
- Tent
- Sleeping Bag/Quilt
- Backpack
- Sleeping Pad
- Trekking Poles
- Water Filtration
- Headlamp
- Cooking Equipment
- First Aid Kit
- Multi-tool
- Bear Bag
- Equipment Options! Check out the gear list!
-Food!

Meals, Snacks, Hydration:
- All meals and snacks included! Meals are cooked for guests, and you can learn how to do it too! (see "trail cuisine" in our blog)

Education:
- Learn about Leave No Trace Principals.
- Learn about the native plants, wildlife, and geology of Montana.

More Info

- Wildlife is common, but not always seen on outings. We love when it happens though!

- Guides are Wilderness First Aid Certified, Leave No Trace Certified, and Food-Handler Certified.

- Guides are vaccinated and boosted with Covid-19 vaccinations.

- Wear and Pack appropriate hiking attire, such as athletic clothing and outdoorsy clothing that is made from synthetic fibers.

- Hiking boots or shoes are recommended.

- Raincoat and one warm layer are a must!

Safety Info

- Hikes can be hazardous and will likely encounter fallen trees, stream crossings, hopping on rocks, scrambling on hands and feet.

- Bring at least one full or empty water bottle at least 32 oz. Guide will provide more if needed.

- Bring your own sunscreen and bugspray.

- Never a bad idea to bring extra food!

- Grizzlies are around and active!

- Masks worn upon request.

- Guide carries first aid kit and satellite beacon on every trip.