Wilderness Excursions

Our Trailheads

Main Trail Head - HQ - Choteau 

We are located 25 miles west of Choteau, a small agricultural town in north central Montana. The nearest "large" city is Great Falls, which has commercial airline service and where we'll meet you if you fly to Montana (see Great Falls International Airport). Directions to our ranch in Choteau or the Dupuyer trailhead are downloadable below for your convenience.

A Lazy H Home corrals Our place is at the foot of the Rocky Mountain eastern front. It is a flat drive across the prairie land as you head toward the ranch. Some days, like this misty day in the summer of 2013, you will see extraordinary rainbows as you drive. Also, look out for the deer and elk along the road.  Most of the roads here end right at the foot of the mountains. 

Forest Trail Heads

We utilize many different trailheads on the east side of the Bob Marshall.  These range from the Summit trail head on the border of Glacier Park, so the Benchmark trail head in the south.  It varies depending on the specific trip and time of season.  Many of our fishing trips and travel trips use the Teton River trailheads (South Fork, North Fork, Middle Fork West Fork).  We generally pack up the day before the trip departs, then move the riding stock and pack up last bit of gear early the morning your trip starts. 

Many of these trailheads are at the end of the forest road, and allow us to get to a hopping off point where we can access the forest trails directly.  That first morning is always exciting, and we like to be loaded and on our riding horses by about 9am.  That almost always puts us in camp in the early afternoon. Pack mules ready to go

North Trail Head - Swift Dam

In addition to the main Choteau ranch, we also have private trail head facilities at a northern gateway to the Bob Marshall, west of Dupuyer. This trail head is used for the horse pack trips that go into the Middle Fork of the Flathead and serves as a base for our fall hunting camps. This trailhead is 18 miles west of Dupuyer on Birch Creek, and is about 1.5 miles from the end of the road at Swift Dam. Swift Dam impounds Birch Creek and makes a stunning lake, which we ride around when we enter the mountains.

Horses and mules loaded for their Montana wilderness pack trip Swift Dam trail head packing mules

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