About Bitterroot Backpacking

Bitterroot Backpacking provides guided backpacking and hiking trips in the Bitterroot National Forest of Montana, and Yellowstone National Park.

Bitterroot Backpacking's mission is to guide guests on amazing, memorable adventures and give them the knowledge and confidence to navigate the backcountry in a safe and responsible way. This is achieved by educating guests on the ins-and-outs of hiking and camping in the backcountry, and practicing Leave No Trace principles along the way.

About Luke Hayduk

My passion for the backcountry began when I was a wee lad, when I camped out in the woods with my friends. As I got older, I began backpacking sections of the Appalachian Trail in PA, NJ, and NY.

In 2016, I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and then conducted research for a food-ingredient company. I then set out on a 4 month road trip and backpacked nearly 1,000 miles in America's national parks and forests in a single summer before finally settling down in Montana.

Since then, I've hiked all over Bitterroot National Forest, and decided to start this company there!

Fun Fact: The "Hayduk Trail" is an 800 mile thru-hike in Utah, named after fictional character George Hayduk from Edward Abbey's book The Monkey Wrench Gang.