Montana Backpacking Weather

As in Wyoming, backpacking in Montana usually means hoofing it through the high country. Outside of Yellowstone National Park, our guided Montana hikes include treks in the unbelievably spectacular Beartooths, the Rocky Mountain Front of the iconic Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex just south of Glacier Park, and the vast and rugged Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness on the Montana/Idaho border. Each of these wondrous mountain wilderness areas is uniquely beautiful and each is characterized by classically changeable mountain weather. In June, expect plenty of rain showers, cool weather and maybe even some wet snow with bouts of warm sunshine. By early July (most years) the weather stabilizes in all three areas, though there are differences. Being west of the Continental Divide, the Bitterroot Mountains (Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness),  have warmer drier summers (and wetter winters) than The Front or the Beartooths, both of which are more likely to get periods of rain and sudden but usually brief afternoon summer thunderstorms. Because of the vast area of very high altitude, weather in the Beartooths can turn cold and wet with little warning. Yet have no fear. If you bring what’s listed on the Big Wild Personal Gear & Clothing List, you’ll be fine in any weather these mountains can dish out. Really, though, in all of these areas most summer days have plenty of sunshine, warm afternoons and low humidity, especially compared with the home regions of many of our clients. So do join us in the high mountains wilds of sunny Montana. It’ll be a wilderness experience that you’ll never forget!

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