North Continental Divide

8 Days


August 18-25

Montana Horseback Riding Trips Into The North Continental Divide And More!

7 Lazy P Outfitting offers a trip where you cross the Continental Divide two times as you move into the north country of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Experience some amazing places including Gateway Gorge and Big River Meadows. Soak up your surroundings on this quiet trip through astounding scenery.

The North Continental Divide trip is great for those who are looking for extra horseback riding. This area of the Bob Marshall Wilderness doesn’t see a lot of people, and particularly late August is a nice time of year to be in the backcountry.

Check out the North Continental Divide Trip details below, but if you are wanting something else, then be sure to explore our other summer trips.

Special Note: Temperatures, especially nights, can be significantly cooler than earlier trips. A warmer sleeping bag and a few warmer clothes are a good idea for our popular North Continental Divide trip.




Depart 7 Lazy P guest ranch as you ride up the Middle Fork of the Teton and over 7,200’ Route Creek Pass into the North Fork Sun River drainage. We'll descend down into the valley to our camp on Wrangle Creek. Total: 13 miles and about 4.5 to 5 hours riding time


Layover day. Enjoy fishing on the nearby Sun River or take a hike. There is a hike for any level from short and easy to more challenging, like a climb up Wapati Ridge or an all day hike to the top of Wrong Ridge. The views are incredible! Crew members are always available to accompany guests to the river fishing or on any of the hikes. Guests are also free to go on their own, if they choose.


We move today up to the head of the Sun River drainage and over the Continental Divide at Sun River Pass, and then down a short distance to our camp at Basin Creek. We are now at the head waters of the Middle Fork of the Flathead River. Total: 10 miles and about 3.5 hours riding time


Moving again down stream along Bowl Creek and the Middle Fork of the Flathead. We stop for a break at the Forest Service guard cabin at Goose Berry Park, and then end the day at our camp on the little drainage of Switchback Creek. Total: 11 miles of river grade trail and 4 hours of saddle time


Layover day. Guests may fish on the nearby river or take a hike in virtually any direction and any exertion level. The highlight and most popular activity on this layover day is the Trilobite Lake loop ride. This is an all day ride up Clack Creek, and up to the high elevation alpine country of the Trilobite Range. This is a spectacular ride with Mt. Pentagon, Trilobite Peak, and lakes as the focal points. Total: 15 miles and 6 plus hours of riding time, but an awesome day trip


Moving day and this time we back track a few miles up river past the cabin and then north up Strawberry Creek to Gateway Creek. We ride through the steep and deep Gateway Gorge on our way to Big River Meadows. This is one of the favorite campsites of all our trips. This large meadow lies directly below the Continental Divide, offers fantastic open views, and the stock grazing in the distance. Total: 13 miles and 5 hours riding time.


Layover day. Once again, there are some great hikes for those so inclined. Ascend Big Horn Mountain or up on the ridge of the Continental Divide. There is also a day ride offered to Crystal Ridge. This shorter ride takes you up to some great 360 views and numerous crystal formations lying on the ground surface.


We leave Big River Meadows, as we ride over the Continental Divide through the low saddle of Gateway Pass and into the South Fork Birch Creek drainage. A short distance down this trail, we'll turn south and head up Crazy Creek and head back up in elevation along the Continental Divide. This is a very spectacular ride in some country that does not see many people. Travel beneath Mt. Patrick Gass and across the alpine basin of Nanny Creek. Still following the Continental Divide, you will see remnants of an old WWII vintage plane along Corrugate Ridge, and keep your eye out for mountain goats, which are often seen in this region. We descend down Bruce Creek to our destination at the West Fork Teton trailhead, where we'll be met by crew from the lodge. The stock is turned out here to graze and we take a short vehicle ride down to the lodge. Total: A longer ride, about 18 miles and 6 hours riding time. Guests will depart 7 Lazy P guest ranch mid morning on day 9, after staying day 8 night at the 7 Lazy P Guest Ranch.

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