A trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness is something I've been wanting to do since moving to Montana six years ago. The Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, which also includes the Scapegoat and Great Bear Wilderness make up over 1.5 million acres of some of the most beautiful and wild lands in the lower 48. Because of the vast size of "The Bob", you really aren't going to get the full experience by going on a day hike, so my friend Alex and I decided to plan a 5 night backpacking trip covering close to 60 miles. Our featured destination was the most iconic spot in The Bob, the Chinese Wall.
Our original plan was to start at the Benchmark trailhead, take two days following the Sun River to get to the Chinese Wall, camp three nights at three different spots along the wall, and then go out over Headquarters Pass and finish at the S Fork of the Teton River trailhead. As you'll soon find out, we had to alter our plans a bit after starting the trip.