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Scapegoat Wilderness


Together, the Great Bear Wilderness, the Bob Marshall Wilderness and the Scapegoat Wilderness form the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex, an area of more than 1.5 million acres.

The Seeley Lake Area portion of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is the western half of the Scapegoat Wilderness. The Seeley Lake portion of the Scapegoat Wilderness is a size of 78,000 acres. The eastern half is approximately 78,000 acres and is administered by the Lincoln Ranger District on the Helena National Forest.

Scapegoat Mountain is a prominent feature of the wilderness. A lot of the access into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex is via the Seeley Lake Area. Even though backpacking activity occurs in this area the predominant recreational use is horse and mule packing.

At a Glance

Restrictions: Please see our Seeley Lake Area restrictions for important information about food storage to protect you and bears from unwanted encounters.
Closest Towns: Seeley Lake, Montana
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: None
Information Center: Seeley Lake Ranger District, 406-677-2233

General Information

Directions: From the junction of Montana highways 83 and 20 (also known as ""Clearwater Junction"") travel east on Montana highway 200 for 19.5 miles. Turn north on North Fork Blackfoot Road #5550 and follow the signs 10.5 miles on a gravel road to the trailhead.

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