About Bitterroot Backpacking

Bitterroot Backpacking is a backpacking guiding service that provides guided backpacking and hiking trips in the Bitterroot National Forest and other places in Montana like Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

Bitterroot Backpacking's mission is to guide guests on memorable backpacking adventures and expeditions through forest and wilderness areas on trips that teach the essentials of backpacking, methods of safely navigating the backcountry, and ethical and responsible ways to camp in the backcountry using Leave No Trace Principles.

About Luke Hayduk

Founder, Owner, Head Backpacking Guide

My trail experience began over a decade ago as a teenager, backpacking sections of the Appalachian Trail in NJ, NY, or "Rocksylvania" with my friends. In those early days, I did a lot of learn-by-doing. Mistakes were made, but the mistakes taught me the most valuable lessons. In less than 5 years, I had gained a plethora of knowledge and backpacking wisdom to set myself up for grander goals.

In 2016, I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Rowan University and then worked in Food Science for 3 years, backpacking or hiking every weekend, half-day, and holiday in the summer. In 2019, I backpacked nearly a thousand miles in America's national parks and forests in a single summer. During this time, I fell in love with the Bitterroot, Glacier, the Flathead, and all of the other extraordinary public lands that exist in Montana. I made plans to move to Montana as soon as possible, and did so just as the COVID-19 pandemic began. That summer was spent socially distanced in the Bitterroot learning about all of the amazing nooks and crannies that exist out there. I established Bitterroot Backpacking at the end of that year, and have since set off on the greatest adventure of my life!

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