Scapegoat Wilderness

Located in the Lolo, Lewis & Clark and Helena National Forests in Montana.

The 239,936-acre Scapegoat Wilderness is located in northwestern Montana straddling the Continental Divide immediately south of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Most of the area lies between the elevation of 5,000 feet at the Blackfoot River and 9,400 feet on Red Mountain. Topography of the Scapegoat includes rugged ridges, gently sloping alpine meadows, forested slopes and river bottoms. The massive limestone cliffs of Scapegoat Mountains are an extension of the Chinese Wall in the adjacent Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Access to the Scapegoat is by trails originating from forest roads on the east, south and west. Access from the north is through the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The Wilderness is located 75 miles northeast of Missoula or 10 miles north of Lincoln. Major roads adjacent to the Scapegoat include U.S. Highway 287 to the east and Montana Highways 200 and 83 to the south and west.

This wilderness contains many miles of trails for hikers and horse users. It is noted for its hunting, fishing, scenery and geology. Wildlife includes wolverine, deer, elk, moose, grizzly bear, black bear, mountain goat, mountain sheep and mountain lion. Most of the 14 lakes and about 89 miles of streams in the Scapegoat provide fishing opportunities.

For more information contact: the Lolo, Lewis & Clark, or Helena National Forests

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 26 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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