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All-Women Backpacking Tours in Whitefish Montana

Great Northern Wilderness Guides, Madison Browning, Sally Stecher
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Great Northern Wilderness Guides, Madison Browning, Sally Stecher
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  • 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.
    • 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!

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