Project Start Date: 


Ranger District:

Spotted Bear Ranger Station




Backcountry Cabin

miles to camp:

28 miles over two days with approx. 2800 ft in elevation change

hiking difficulty


work difficulty


Project Description

Lying at the foot of the Flathead Alps in the heart of The Bob, Big Prairie is an iconic wilderness destination with crystal clear night skies and some of the best fishing in the lower 48. Spend 9 days immersed in Wilderness while clearing summit trails to Butcher Mountain and Tilson Peak. Be prepared for long approach hikes, days filled with sawing using a crosscut, and rewarding scenery and experiences! A day off in the middle of the week will allow you to put your feet up at the historic Big Prairie Wilderness Ranger Station where the Rangers will give you a fine "howdy do."

The hike in and out of Big Prairie will take two days. From the trailhead to midway camp will be the biggest day with 16 miles covered and a 2,300 ft elevation gain as you go up and over Stadler pass before you reach the Basin cabin where you will sleep for the night. Day two from Basin to Big Prairie is a comparatively easy 10 miles with under 1,000 elevation gained. 


For a packing list and other helpful information:


Volunteers will meet the BMWF Crew Leader in Augusta MT. The Group will camp at the Benchmark trailhead for an early start on 6/30. Closest airport is in Great Falls MT.

Meeting Date and Time: 

June 29th, 5 PM

3 of 8 spots available