Montana Alpine Lake Llama Trek

Located in Southwest Montana near Dillon, the mountains are a hidden gem for recreational enthusiasts. The area is rich in cultural history with many old log cabins and outbuildings representing prospectors, homesteaders and ranchers inhabited the area more than 100 years ago.

This alpine playground must be on your bucket list for a Montana vacation. With more than 50 peaks exceeding 10,000 feet; many of them remain unnamed, and nearly 60 lakes at timberline, our mountain llama adventure will take you into the heart of some incredible, remote Montana Wilderness.

Come join us for solitude and serenity as we explore the high alpine lakes that are great for fishing and relaxing. Grab your binoculars to witness the incredible mountain goats as they dance along the high ridge lines. Or put your climbing boots on and let’s tackle an alpine peak. You’ll be impressed with the view. Come relax, breathe fresh mountain air, bathe in nature, and eat well. Let’s go explore with pack llamas!

What To Expect

We have two camps for you – 8 mile and 6 mile – in the area sitting at 9,000 ft below some incredible peaks along the shores of mountain lakes. Spend your days exploring the area viewing mountain goats, elk, deer and bear, fishing several different lakes, climbing a peak or just relaxing around camp. Bring your sense of adventure and let our guides and llamas do the rest.

Both trips are equally impressive. On all our trips we’ll meet the evening before for dinner and orientation meeting at a predetermined location. This allows us to get any last minute provisions making sure we all have the proper gear. Plus its nice to meet everyone beforehand.

We generally meet all guests at the trailhead the following morning around 9:00 am unless otherwise discussed. At the trailhead, you’ll be introduced to the llamas, help sort gear and prepare to hit the trail. We usually depart around 11:00 am.


Our 8 mile Alpine Camp

One of our favorite places to be in the summer. The drive to the trailhead is an easy drive on pavement until the last 2 miles of dirt roads. The trailhead has a bathroom and campground. This longer approach to camp has less foot traffic by other outdoor adventurers. This means on most occasions we’ll have the area all to ourselves. This llama trek is a nice easy beginning winding through old growth forest as we make our way to a picturesque stream winding its way through a broad open valley. The first 2.5 miles are relatively easy along the meadow giving us plenty of chances to absorb the mountain scenery. Its really incredible to be able to see off in the distance our proposed route.

Let us show you the variety of wildflowers Montana has to offer.

Once we reach the end of the meadow, the trail makes some long switch backs as we head up higher into the alpine. The montane vegetative zone is ripe with wildflowers – lupine, arnica, indian paintbrush, balsam root, lark spur, and sticky geranium to name a few. We’ll stop for lunch at our halfway point along a nice cool mountain stream. This gives the llamas and people a break to enjoy the area.

Following lunch, we’ll load up again and continue following the creek as we climb up into the subalpine zone with a little less grass and other vegetation with more rocks and boulders. The last couple of miles you’ll has some significant elevation gain before finally coming into the basin. Our camp for the next few days is well protected in the trees with amazing few of a jagged peak in the background.

Guests looking for mountain goats right from our llama basecamp.

Our llama basecamps are a great way to get a lot of different activities in without needing to move camp each day. With our layover days, we can enjoy breakfast and still have plenty of time to explore the area.

8 Mile Alpine Lakes  |  Llama Basecamp
4-days, 3-nights

Price: $1400/person (4-days/3-nights).
Trips Dates: Custom Dates Available
Included: All meals, beverages, snacks, and camping equipment including sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and backpacking tents. Also included is your own llama trail companion, trail guide, interpretation of the flora, fauna, geography and history.
Excluded: Airfare, arrival/departure hotel (can add at additional cost), Montana fishing license, gratuities (10-20% suggested).

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The mountain falls right into the lake. Mountain goats dance on the ridge tops.

Our 6 mile Alpine Camp

Very similar to 8 mile and just over some big rocky, jagged peaks sits the 6 mile camp in an impressive little zone. The drive to the trailhead is long dirt road winding in and out of private land until getting into the canyon. This is a much longer drive on dirt roads and well worth it as you’ll be able to see a little bit of local history along the way.

Our trailhead is small and just before a big campground. Since this drive is little longer into the mountains, we gain more elevation and are closer to our basecamp than that of our 8 mile. Equally impressive, this trail starts in old growth forest following on the creek and slowly making our way higher in elevation. This too has tons of wildflowers along the way.

Incredible ridge hike with pack llamas. Great views!

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 5 miles from the trailhead we’ll come upon our first alpine lake. But before reaching the lake, we’ll take a little detour to get an incredible view of the surroundings peaks. There’s a spot on the trail which will allows us to gain the ridge without too much trouble. From here, we’ll hike just a short distance before dropping into lake. There’s great fly fishing here and good spots to go for a swim. Be warned, its pretty cold water.

Skirting the shoreline, we’ll navigate around the lake making our way to second lake our our basecamp for the duration.

6 Mile Alpine Lake  |  Llama Basecamp
4-days, 3-nights, 3 spots available

Price: $1400/person (4-days/3-nights)
Trips Dates: August 20-23, 2020, 4 spots available. Custom Dates Available.
Included: All meals, beverages, snacks, and camping equipment including sleeping pads, sleeping bags, and backpacking tents. Also included is your own llama trail companion, trail guide, interpretation of the flora, fauna, geography and history.
Excluded: Airfare, arrival/departure hotel (can add at additional cost), Montana fishing license, gratuities (10-20% suggested).

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Montana Llama Guides, LLC is authorized to use or occupy National Forest System lands to provide outfitting and guiding services within the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest. Kenny Low #30506 of K Lazy 3 Outfitters is our outfitter of record when pursuing fish or game.