The North Wall
The North Wall
The North Wall is truly one of the secret treasures of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The wall itself runs for ten miles above the western rim of the Sun River Basin and is followed by a good-quality trail along its entire length. The North Wall is composed of buff-colored limestone and reddish shale of a different origin from the superficially similar Chinese Wall farther south. The trail that follows the foot of this great rampart is as remote and rigorous as it is rewarding, and thus is a good choice for travelers looking for solitude. The basins at the foot of the North Wall provide an important summer range for the Sun River elk herd, and the area also abounds with other species of wildlife. From the trail junction in Red Shale Meadows, the North Wall Trail heads to the north, passing through a lush verdure of grasses and wildflowers at the base of towering cliffs. Entering a subalpine forest at the edge of the meadows, the trail crosses the outlet stream that issues forth from Sock Lake. This alpine body of water lies in a hanging cirque carved into the lofty fastness of the North Wall and can only be reached via a steep scramble. The trail then begins to climb steadily across open glades at the foot of one of the loftier bastions of the North Wall. To the south rises the reddish whaleback of Lookout Mountain.
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Trail Statistics & Information
|Elevation Gain||2,315 ft|
|Skill Level||Moderately strenuous|
|Duration||Extended backcountry route|
|Season||Best July through September|
|Trailhead Elevation||7,080 ft|
|Top Elevation||7,535 ft|
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