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Nothing compares to spending a night deep in the wild, where you’re far away from everyday chaos and it’s just you and the stars. This 4-day, all-women backpacking adventure in the Beartooth Mountains is more than just a hike—it’s a welcoming, safe space for women wanting to discover the mountains and themselves. A fantastic guide (with local geology and history knowledge) will take you off the beaten path, through serene conifer woods and past remote alpine lakes, all the while teaching you important outdoor skills and ethics. All set for a journey that promises personal growth, camaraderie, and a newfound appreciation for the great outdoors?

  • Beginners welcomed and encouraged

    A thoughtful guide will enable you to learn all the necessary outdoor skills

  • An adventure just for the ladies

    Hike through Montana’s wilderness alongside like-minded women

  • Pristine Beartooth wilderness & wildlife

    Spot deer, moose, marmots, or elk in pine forests and wildflower-strewn meadows


Spend four days exploring Montana’s backcountry on this all-women backpacking adventure in the Beartooth Mountains! Beginners are encouraged to join, as your guide provides you with expert leadership, meals, cooking equipment, and can provide you with tents and sleeping bags. You will learn important outdoor skills (such as Leave No Trace as well as local geology and history) and even spot exciting wildlife, such as moose, deer, elk, or marmots! Ready for a journey full of serenity and peacefulness of the great outdoors?

  • Meet your guide in the morning in Red Lodge, MT. Make sure you’ve got all the equipment before starting the hike and off you go! Begin your all-women journey through Montana’s wilderness of the Beartooth Mountains. Following several hours of hiking, find a camping spot. Don’t worry if you’ve never spent the night in the wild before—your guide is here to help and tell you all there is to it! Get a good night’s sleep under the stars.

    Meals: Dinner
    Hiking: 4-6 hours

    Montana small lake
  • Pack up and keep moving through the peaceful wilderness of Montana. You will learn how to be in the backcountry with other adventurous participants. Your guide will also lead you off the beaten path, so you’ll avoid the crowds as well as have a beautiful, mindful experience away from the crowds.

    Meals: Breakfast and dinner
    Hiking: 4-6 hours

    Tent and wildlife in Montana
  • Today is your last day in the Beartooth Mountains. A delicious breakfast will be your last-day fuel to come out of the woods and reach civilization. If you’d like to stay longer and explore the area, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast
    Hiking: 4-6 hours

    Alpine lake in Montana
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Meet your guides

Anju Samuelson
Anju Samuelson
Anju is an AMGA Assistant Rock Guide and Apprentice Alpine Guide. She runs with her partner Beartooth Mountain Guides located in Southern Montana. She is passionate about making the outdoors accessible for underrepresented groups in a supportive and empowering way. Originally from Germany, she has lived in Turkey, Chile, and the US and loves to connect her climbing pursuits with traveling.
Beartooth Mountain Guides
Beartooth Mountain Guides
Beartooth Mountain Guides
Beartooth Mountain Guides have a team of experienced guides who provide safety in the mountains as well as mental support during your adventure. Regardless of what you might choose—ice climbing, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, rafting, ice climbing—they’ve got you covered. Beartooth Mountain Guides think of the mountains not only as a source of mental rest but also a place to challenge themselves and their perceptions. They know where to lead you safely and plan private or group outings accordingly to your skill level and ability.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4-day all-women Beartooth Mountains backpacking adventure
      • Breakfasts and dinners
      • Cooking equipment

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from the starting point
      • Lunches
      • Eating utensils
      • Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad) — available to rent
      • Backpack (at least 55L) — available to rent
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • In order to join this all-women Beartooth Mountains backpacking adventure, you have to be in decent shape. You will gain a maximum of 2,000 ft (610 m) in a day. You will hike 4-6 hours a day and keep in mind that you’ll be carrying a 30lbs (14 kg) backpack.

    If you feel like carrying the heavy backpack would be too exhausting for you, your guides have the option of hiring a porter who would carry it for you. If you’re interested, let us know.

    Check out two of our other all-women backpacking trips in Montana: backpacking to Upper Holland and Sapphire Lake and basecamp backpacking in Whitefish.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (+55L)
      • Hiking poles
      • Sleeping bag and sleeping poles
      • Tent
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Comfortable outdoor clothing
      • Sunhat
      • Water filter
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Indeed you can! You can rent a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and a backpack with your guides. Let us know if you’re interested.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this all-women Beartooth Mountains backpacking adventure, maximum group size is 6. There will be one guide on the trip.
      • It takes a minimum of 4 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Beartooth Mountains backpacking can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 and older than 8 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 1 month (30 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. If the Client cancels…

      • More than 30 (thirty) calendar days prior to departure, Client is entitled to a full refund.
      • 14-29 (fourteen to twenty-nine) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of 50% (fifty percent) of the total amount.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund.
  • To get to Red Lodge, Montana, the starting point of your all-women backpacking trip, it’s best to fly into Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) and Billings Logan International Airport (BIL). It takes one to two hours to reach Red Lodge from these two airports by car. There’s also the option of flying into Jackson Hole Airport (JAC), from which there’s a 5-hour drive to Red Lodge.

    You will meet your guide at the Tourist Office in Red Lodge. Exact location will be shared once you and your guide agree on the details of the itinerary.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

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