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Thanks to its proximity to two different airports, Whitefish is the ideal home base for outdoor adventures in Glacier NP, Flathead National Forest, and Montana’s Rockies. Though our options are endless, the most serene and relaxing hikes in the area encircle the alpine lakes. Embark on an out-and-back hike from Bond Lake, known for its cliffside vistas, log bridges, and lush vegetation, to Crevice Lake, a wildflower paradise often visited by marmots, squirrels, and pronghorn. Or you can join us on a backpacking trip to the foot of the stunning Doris Peak. Whether it’s tripping through nearby trails, sipping on tea by a cozy campfire, or dipping in lakes encircled by pine trees and towering peaks, you’re bound to experience a restorative adventure.Relax in lakeside campsites, meditate, stretch out your hiking muscles, and swim to your heart’s content—you’ll feel fully immersed in Montana’s majestic wilderness.

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  • Learn the ropes of backpacking

    Gain comfort and learn the skills needed to backpack in the backcountry, including setting up a perfect campsite

  • Total reset of mind and body

    Relax, swim, meditate, and camp out near beautiful alpine lakes

  • Perfect for beginners

    The trails are well-maintained, with very manageable intermittent climbs

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3-Day Doris Lake and Doris Peak Backpacking Tour

Retreat to Montana’s mountains on this all-women backpacking trip! Over the course of three days, you’ll be immersed in the alpine wilderness around Doris Lake and Doris Peak. If you’re feeling up to it, your guides will offer stretching, meditation, and journaling time every day. Spend your days swimming in lakes and your nights warming up next to a campfire. As you’ll have all meals included and plenty of optional activities to try out, you can relax and look at this trip as a quick getaway from your everyday life!

  • Start walking through conifer woodlands of Montana’s mountains. Go through backpacking basics, from gear to setup to map reading. Once you reach your campsite for the night near the Doris Peak, set up camp and spend the rest of the afternoon however you’d like. Relax at your camp and get to know your hiking friends or go for an optional hike to the peak without your backpack (about 3 extra miles with 1000 ft of elevation gain). Your guides also offer optional guided stretching, journaling, and meditation. After a delicious dinner and a warming fire, you’ll get cozy for the night in your tents with your new tent buddy.

    Hiking: 5 miles/ 8 km (2 miles to campsite, 3 miles to the peak and back)
    Elevation: +1660 ft/ 506 m
    Meals: Dinner

    A group of women and dogs in Montana mountains.
  • Watch the sun go up with your morning cup of coffee. To kick off your morning, do some guided stretching, after which you’ll have breakfast. Go over how to break down a camp, repack your backpacks, and set off to your new campsite. Once you arrive at your next stop, there’s an option to hike to Jenny Lake (8 miles round trip). Another option is to enjoy your time at the campsite or head on another shorter guided hike—your group can split into two and pick your goals for the day. Once you all regroup at the camp, stretch, journal, and meditate.
    Hiking: 3-8 miles/ 5-13 km
    Elevation: up to 2270 ft/ 690 m, max elevation 7222 ft/ 2200 m
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dInner

    Alpine lake in Montana.
  • Rise and shine with more coffee and stretches. Take in your last morning swims and pack up at a leisurely pace to head out. Once back at the cars, you’ll have much deserved cool drinks and say your goodbyes.

    Hiking: 2 miles/ 3.2 km
    Meals: Breakfast

    View of Montana wilderness and alpine lakes.
3-Day Base Camp Backpacking Tour

Up for a three-day getaway into the pristine Montana wilderness? This all-women backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains is the perfect trip for reconnecting with yourself and nature. Over the course of three days, you’ll learn the basics of backpacking and hike to glossy alpine lakes. Your guide will be by your side the whole way through, and they’ll offer stretching, meditation, and journaling every day. With all meals included and plenty of optional activities to enjoy once you’re in the woods, these three days will fly by!

  • Meet your guide in Whitefish on Monday at 8 am, and head out to start your hike. Along your journey, you’ll take plenty of snacks, water, and swim breaks, and learn fun facts about the Montana wilderness from your guides. Once you reach the campsite, you get to do some more snacking, swimming, and relaxation with optional guided stretching, journaling, and meditation sessions. After dinner by the campfire, retreat to the tents with your roommate for the week.

    Hiking distance: 7 miles / 11 km
    Elevation gain: 2,400 ft / 731 m

    A golden dusk illuminates pine trees and birch trees that line a meandering Swan River that feeds into Flathead Lake near Big Fork, Montana as autumn color envelops the birch trees.
  • If you’d like to, you can wake up early in the morning to watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee or tea in your hand. After some guided stretching and setting intentions, have breakfast. Your guide will go over breaking down camp, repacking, and setting off. You’ll hike through pristine Montana wilderness until you reach the second alpine lake, where you’ll set up camp and choose your own adventure. Feel like taking it easy? Sit by the lake, swim, and read a book. Have that explorer itch? Head out to a guided hike on the next series of lakes. The beauty of this trip is that you can make it as long or as short of a hike as you want.

    Hiking distance: 2 miles / 3 km
    Elevation gain: 800 ft / 245 m

    Backpacking - Camping with Tent in the Mountains after day of hiking
  • Take advantage of your last chance for morning swims and sunrise stretching. After you pack up, head to the cars to enjoy some much-deserved cold drinks and reminisce on this epic adventure.

    Hiking distance: 5.4 miles/ 8.7 km
    Elevation: +640 ft / +195 m | -3,580 ft / 1,090 m

    Middle Fork Flathead River Montana, white water rafting. Clear water.
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Meet your guides

Great Northern Wilderness Guides
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Great Northern Wilderness Guides
Great Northern Wilderness Guides
Great Northern Wilderness Guides was founded by Madison Browning and Sally Stretcher, two local guides and backpacking enthusiasts. They are at their happiest when they’re out on the trail, climbing peaks, and sleeping under starry skies, and they delight in sharing the meditative benefits of Montana’s backcountry with more people, especially women.
Madison Browning
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Madison Browning
Madison has been a guide for over 5 years and lives to be outdoors. She considers backpacking, climbing peaks, and sleeping under starry skies a form of self-care, so when she isn't backpacking, she's planning her next adventure.
Sally Stecher
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Sally Stecher
As one of the founders and lead guides of GNWG, Sally thinks backpacking is meditative and wants to share the backcountry with more people, especially women.  She loves her daily yoga, running and meditation routine.  

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5.00 (3 reviews)
Jemma M. (source: Google Reviews)

One of the best trips I’ve ever been on! I felt so safe even in the middle of nowhere on my first backpacking trip. The guides were helpful, supportive, and a ton of fun! Would love to go again if I get the chance!

Emily H. (source: Google Reviews)

I can’t recommend booking a trip with Madison and Sally enough! They answered all of my questions leading up to the trip and were so patient and helpful throughout the entire experience. I gained so much knowledge and confidence from backpacking with this group of women. Well worth every penny!

Rebecca F. (source: Google Reviews)

10/10 would highly recommend! Check them out! We had a great time and the guides were fun!

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Three days of hiking 
    • Campsite accommodations
    • Food and snacks for the duration of the tour
    • All group hiking and camping gear

    If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies, make sure to notify your guide in advance of the trip. They will adjust the menu accordingly.

    What’s not included:

    • Transportation to Whitefish, Montana
    • Accommodations before and after the trip
    • Anything not mentioned above
    • Guide gratuities — optional
  • No prior multi-day hiking experience is required for this hiking adventure, but you do need to have decent fitness levels. If you can hike for a max of 8-9 miles (13-14,5 km) a day and overcome 3,000 ft (900 m) of elevation gain, you should be good to go! For the Doris Peak hike, the most you’ll hike is on day 1, when you’ll walk for 5 miles (8 km) with 1,660-foot (506-meter) elevation gain. Your guides will accommodate less fit hikers with more frequent breaks, and you can always choose to spend more time at the camp.

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

    • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (can be provided by guide)
    • Hiking poles — optional (can be provided by guide)
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering and 5 days of hiking
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad (can be provided by guide)

    The sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent, hiking poles, backpack, and cooking system can be provided by your guides. If you need hiking and camping gear, make sure to notify your guides in advance. 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.

  • Group sizes and prices:

    • For the Base Camp adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 8:1. The maximum number of people on the Doris Peak hike is 10. It takes a minimum of 2 people for these tours to operate.
    • For this all-women adventure, you’ll have two women guides on your trip. All hikers and guides on this adventure are women.
    • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Hiking in Whitefish 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.
  • To get to Whitefish, MT, most people fly into Glacier Park International Airport only 15 minutes away from Whitefish. The airport has daily direct flights from most major cities in the US. From there, you can take a taxi or a shuttle service to Whitefish.

    Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, which will usually be at Whitefish Depot Park. Once you reach the meeting location, you will distribute gear and go over the game plan. At that location clients are able to park and leave their cars there for the weekend.

    Your meeting location will have safe (and free) parking and a safe place to store your car keys while you are in the backcountry. Meeting time on Friday morning departure date will most likely be around 9 am. Return to your meeting location will depend on the hiking pace of the group but will be no later than 3-4 pm.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Whitefish, Montana, please refer to the CDC’s guidelines for international travel to and from the United States and Montana’s COVID-19 information website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • When booking a trip, you can either pay for it in full or reserve your spot with a 50% deposit. The remaining 50% of the trip price is to be paid 120 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your earčy bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you can rest assured you’ve booked your dream adventure in time.

    • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you. This can be done by the end of the year.
    • Another 20% needs to be paid by the end of this year.
    • The remaining balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    • Booking fees are non-refundable.
    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 120 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-119 days before the trip, there is no refund.
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