The Chinese Wall

Augusta, Montana

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The Chinese Wall is easily the best-known and most popular destination for travelers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This thousand-foot-high scarp of limestone stretches unbroken for a dozen miles, from Haystack Mountain to Larch Hill Pass. It is arguably the most dramatic manifestation of the Continental Divide between Mexico and the Arctic Ocean. The trail crosses fragile alpine meadows at the base of the Wall’s northern reaches and offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. Visitors to the Chinese Wall should plan on camping in less fragile areas away from the Wall itself; the meadows at the foot of the Chinese Wall are closed to overnight use. The Chinese Wall receives a very high level of use; travelers looking for a remote wilderness experience will probably be dismayed by the high level of traffic found here.
Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

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Hiking Montana's Bob Marshall Wilderness

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

The Chinese Wall is easily the best-known and most popular destination for travelers in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. This thousand-foot-high scarp of limestone stretches unbroken for a dozen miles, from Haystack Mountain to Larch Hill Pass. It is arguably the most dramatic manifestation of the Continental Divide between Mexico and the Arctic Ocean.

The trail crosses fragile alpine meadows at the base of the Wall’s northern reaches and offers outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities. Visitors to the Chinese Wall should plan on camping in less fragile areas away from the Wall itself; the meadows at the foot of the Chinese Wall are closed to overnight use. The Chinese Wall receives a very high level of use; travelers looking for a remote wilderness experience will probably be dismayed by the high level of traffic found here.

©  Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Augusta
Distance: 16.9
Elevation Gain: 3,748 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Extended backcountry route
Season: Best July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 7,620 feet
Local Contacts: Bob Marshall Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Slategoat Mountain, Amphitheatre Mountain, Prairie Reef
Driving Directions: Directions to The Chinese Wall

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