Riding - Outstanding Scenery - Photography - Exploring
Traveling to the Chinese Wall is a keystone trip, covering over 70 miles of fantastic scenery and adventure. The Chinese Wall is a massive limestone cliff forming the Continental Divide for over 30 miles. The Wall has several sections, notable the area north of Red Shale Creek to the Open Fork, and the area south of Rock Creek to White River pass. Our itinerary takes us along the southern part. We start the trip at the lower elevations on the South Fork of the Sun River and travel for a couple of days up to the headwaters of the West Fork of the Sun. This is where you start to see the Chinese Wall. We travel below the Wall as it goes from the headwaters of the West Fork, Moose Creek, and Rock Creek. The upper basins below the wall are spectacular with immense vistas, springs, wildflowers, and the occasional mountain goat or elk. If the pass is not too snowed in, we'll drop over Larch Hill pass and down into the head of White River. White River starts in a large glacial basin and drains the west side of the Wall. We'll often lay over in White River, then return over Larch Hill Pass and drop down into Rock Creek. This day also is full of immense vistas and a break at a cute little glacial lake, uniquely named My Lake, as we go from high elevation to lower elevation. Our day down Rock Creek ends at Gates Park, on the North Fork of the Sun River. We lay over at Gates Park to do a little exploring or fishing. The next day we ride out over Headquarters Pass to the South Fork of the Teton.
This trip covers a lot of country, so you will be horseback many days. The average travel day is 14 miles. The layover days offer outstanding options for fishing, hiking, or some short day-rides if you're up to more riding. The campsites along this trip are some of the most picturesque you will find anywhere, so definitely bring your camera.
Of particular interest, due to the absolute remote nature of the Bob Marshall, there is zero light polution, and near perfectly clear skies. The deep evening star gazing is intensely beautful, where you can see brilliantly our evening constellations, the Milky Way galaxy, and numerous shooting stars. This is a unique and rare opportunity to see our night time sky in a way you've not seen it before. The days are long out here, so plan on staying up late as sunset is about 10pm.
This trip travels through some of the highest country in the Bob Marshall. Weather can be a little unpredictable up along the continental divide, so it's good to bring layers that give you options to deal with highly variable weather conditions. Rain gear is crucial, as well as good outter wear for random windy conditions. It can be hot this time of year (it is August after all!) so being able to stay comfortable up to 80F is important as well. This is one of our longer trips, so you'll want to have a few more change of clothes as everything gets dirty in the mountains over time. There are some fishing opportunities on lay over days, so if you want to get a little fly fishing in by all means do so. The recommended fishing gear and camping gear is available below for download.