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Chinese Wall Trail is a 53.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Augusta, Montana that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 53.5 mi Elevation gain 7,814 ft Route type Point to Point
Dogs on leash Backpacking Camping Hiking Running Forest River Views
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Jerry Hill
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BackpackingGreat!Over grown

Amazing trail. We did it backwards (harder); had Montana Air Adventures air lift us to the Meadow Creek Airstrip and pick us up at Benchmark five days later (closer to 60 miles airstrip to airstrip). Remember to refill water before climbing the passes. HAMMOCK RECOMMENDED; we had packed our tents instead of our hammocks and had a lot fewer campsite options. The Chinese wall was amazing and watching the Goats eat on the wall was a great sight. Oh; don't forget the sunscreen; the burn scars are like being on mars .

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Ezekiel Sharples
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BackpackingBugsMuddyOff trailSnow

Did this the 6/23/-6/26. Started at Benchmark and then looped to Gibson Reservoir with a car drop. About 54 miles total. Wonderful view of the Wall and great camping. We got rained on the second night but nothing too bad. The couple of miles up by the Wall were pretty deep snow with a lot of trail finding. Very slow going. The third and fourth days required pretty liberal use of high-percentage insect repellent, the mosquitos were not shy. Lots of creek crossings, definitely plan for wet feet, although there were log bridges over a few of the creeks.

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Cory Kohm
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RunningFloodedMuddyOver grown

Amazing! Some overgrown sections but super runnable with ample water - I consumed untreated water without GI issues on June 29th run. Smooth terrain with very little climbing given the 53ish miles. Plan for wet feet. I’m a fairly fit runner and it was a long 12 hr day in rain. Good conditions and trained athlete could easily go sub 10 hrs or faster. BUT, point to point logistics are very inconvenient for this route. Remote. Saw 6 people total (3 groups of 2, including 2 rangers).

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Clorox Bleach
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justin tobel
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BackpackingBugs

there were bugs

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Brooklynn Jai
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HikingSnow

Awesome trail! Unfortunately we couldn’t make it to the wall in 4 days but we did some fishing. Crossing the pass was my favourite part. I would definitely do it again!

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Michaela Charlberg
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HikingMuddyRocky

Loved the hike! Had a ton of wildflowers on the trail which was amazing to see. In way of animals, we saw prairie dogs, chipmunks, deer, and tracks belonging to bear, elk, and moose. There is currently plenty of water crossings to refill at. Established campsites are definitely spread out and the luck of the draw. It’s not a problem if the trail isn’t too busy but it definitely could be a problem if it was busy. We only went to the pass but I will definitely be back to hike along the wall! Disclaimer: Dog friendly BUT beware of the burn area. It is long and hot. So make sure you bring plenty of water for you and your pup. Also, beware. It can get super muddy and sloshy after a good rain.

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Jeff Allen
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HikingBlowdown

Great Route. Careful of signage. Some parts overgrown with lots of drifts above 7000. Tough stuff in 4.5 days. Take 5-6 and enjoy

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Diana Lee
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Horseback riding

awesome views. I did the 58 mile loop from benchmark to Indian Point and stayed at uppermost point of Burnt creek. Day 2 we traveled up to the wall and down Moose creek drainage crossing the North fork of the sun and camped south of Cabin Creek. Day 3 we came past the Bear Lake trail and into Pretty Prairie then took the lower trail back up to Benchmark.

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Bret Shillingstad MD
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Great trail and route to see Chinese Wall. Prairie Reef trail is also a highlight if you have time for great views.

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Rosalyn Rombauer
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Backpacking

Did an out and back starting at Benchmark with my 73 year old dad and 2 dogs in 4 days and about 80 miles. It was hard in sections where there was little shade (starting at about mile 3 where the forest was burned). Make sure to fill up enough water when you cross rivers and creeks. It was absolutely beautiful and well worth the work. Horses use this trail frequently, and it was dusty. Great camp spots along the side, about every 3-5 miles.

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Matthew Bennett
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Hiking

Best hike in Montana hands down. The trip takes 4 days minimum, mostly because it is to beautiful to not take you're time.

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Brian Timmons
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Hiking
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Hard to get there, not a hard hike once you're there. Beautiful. I went from South to north along the main section of the Chinese Wall, ending at Larchhill Pass. Be careful if you do this, you can't camp in the shadow of the wall and after Larchhill Pass, there isn't really anywhere to camp for 3 or more miles. The river at the bottom of Larch hill pass is also dry some of the time, so make sure to bring plenty of water. But, no better hike in the wilderness.

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Ralph Miller
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Ralph Miller
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Hiking
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Angelo Tolfa
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Hiking
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Ross MacKay
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David H
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Hiking
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David Gilbert
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Hiking
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David Gilbert
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Hiking
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Ken Luken
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Hiking
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David Berkoff
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Backpacking
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Eddie Scheidler
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