Big River Birding and Biology 8-14 Aug 2019

$3150 per person (7 days on the trail, plus two nights at the guest ranch, all inclusive)

This trip is a real gem as it’s remote and uncrowded during a really nice time of the season. You’ll explore the lesser-traveled headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead, called Big River by the old-timers.

Email with any questions or to book a spot.

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Nature on the North Chinese Wall 17-23 July 2019

$3400 per person (7 days on the trail, plus two nights at the guest ranch, all inclusive)

See the best of the Bob in 7 days! From nature hikes on the North Wall to fly fishing on the Sun River. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Chinese Wall is a bucket list must do! 

The secluded campsite by the North Fork of the Sun River is perfect for birdwatching, fly fishing and naturalist-led day rides and walks. 

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Camping at the base of the Chinese wall

Camping at the base of the Chinese wall

To explore the mountains with Wenfei is to know everything about all the plants and animals you encounter . I spent a delightful week with Wenfei in the Bob Marshall and she is the most knowledgable outdoor person I have ever met .
— R. B. Florida and Bozeman from the 2018 North Wall trip

What you can expect

The 7 Lazy P is the the most enlightened, eco-friendly, and conservation-minded outfitter you can find in the Rockies. 

Enjoy riding their beautiful horses, guzzling grass-fed beef from their ranch, and learning about the natural history of "The Bob" with a biologist.

View just before reaching the 7 lazy p guest ranch

View just before reaching the 7 lazy p guest ranch

Welcome

Spend the night at the historic 7 Lazy P guest ranch. Enjoy a homestyle meal in the lodge while getting to know the crew.

Looking back in the direction of the prairie after crossing route creek pass

Looking back in the direction of the prairie after crossing route creek pass

Day 1

Meet your horse and set off on the trail right out of the guest ranch. Enjoy spectacular scenery and wildflowers as we ride over Route Creek Pass.

On a nature hike towards Wapiti Ridge

On a nature hike towards Wapiti Ridge

Day 2

Layover day at a comfortable permanent camp. The perfect opportunity for a nature rambles and photography.

Wild chives to be harvested as salad dressing at the base of the Chinese Wall

Wild chives to be harvested as salad dressing at the base of the Chinese Wall

 

Day 3

Ride west to the North Chinese Wall. We camp in a secluded spot at the base of the wall, and the horses and mules go to a nearby valley for a well-deserved rest. Your dinner may include wild chives gathered from around camp.

Day 4

Birdwatch on the Chinese Wall, swim in Sock Lake, and relax in camp.

View of Sock Lake from the top of the Chinese wall

View of Sock Lake from the top of the Chinese wall

Packing up at the Chinese Wall camp

Packing up at the Chinese Wall camp

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Day 5

Pack up and ride to our last camp right on the banks of the Sun River.

Day 6

Enjoy a glorious day ride over high country meadows, some of the best fly fishing in the Bob, and learn about natural history over drinks around the campfire.

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Day 7

Ride back through Headquarters Pass, at eye level with families of mountain goats.

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Departure

Farewell after a last night back at the ranch.

 

Wenfei was a great addition to our pack trip in the” Bob” in 2018. Her encyclopedic knowledge of both flora and fauna was astounding. (Especially birds- “Did you hear that?” says she. “ No.” says the hearing challenged old guy. “ Well, that was a (insert name of bird)” followed by a brief dissertation on the fascinating fowl. If I had a choice on my next pack trip, I’d take the one on which Wenfei is riding along. The memories of last summer’s trip still resonate strong and clear in my mind.
— R.B., rancher, Central Montana