2019 Missouri River Expedition – Days 3-5

Day 3: Hole In the Wall

On the third day of the expedition, we arose early and headed to Hole in the Wall camp – a desert-like campsite near the base of a large cliff with a window through the upper part; the namesake of the camp. Along the way, we passed the Citadel Rock, a National Historic Site noted by Lewis and Clark when they passed by in 1805.

After lunch, we hiked up to the base of the Hole, a land of crevices, hoodoos, walls, cracks, and all sorts of features to explore, all while overlooking the Missouri River.

Canoeing past Citadel Rock
Citadel Rock from Hole in the Wall Campsite
The campsite at Hole in the Wall
Hiking to the top
View from the top
Group picture at Hole in the Wall

Day 4: Slaughter

On Thursday, we made the journey from Hole in the Wall to Slaughter, our final camping spot on the river. Here, we had dinner, admired the Lewis and Clark site, had another swim and did some fishing. We got to bed early so we could get up early the next day and head home.

Leaving Hole in the Wall
Castles on the way river banks
Slaughter campsite
Evening at Slaughter
Magic cards by lantern light
Moonrise over the river
S’mores fire by Eli

Day 5: Judith Landing and Home

We got up early to a beautiful sunrise, and were on the water by 8:30. We traveled about 12 miles to Judith Landing to catch a noon shuttle. After getting reunited with our vehicles at Coal Banks, we headed back to Missoula and arrived in town about 7 PM.

Sunrise on the final morning
Leaving Slaughter
Getting close to Judith
Bus ride back to Coal Banks
Back in Missoula