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Camas Four Lakes Route

Camas Four Lakes Route

Page Type: Trip Report

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 46.16320°N / 114.3162°W

Object Title: Camas Four Lakes Route

Date Climbed/Hiked: Aug 11, 2006

Activities: Hiking, Mixed, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter


Page By: Michael Hoyt

Created/Edited: Aug 22, 2006 / Mar 19, 2007

Object ID: 218176

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The Four Lakes Route Over Camas Peak

3D of Four Lakes Route
3D Topo of
Four Lakes Route.

Camas Peak – 8,905’
Elevation Gain – 4,218’ +
Ascent Date – 11aug06
Total Route Time – 9 hours 30 minutes

During a break in the extra hot weather, my wife, brother, and I did a partial circuit around all three Camas Lakes. Our plan was to stay high on the south ridge of the Camas Cirque until we reached the western end, then drop into the cirque below Point 8934 and pass each of the Camas Lakes as we returned to the trailhead.
Ward & Four Lakes
Ward Mountain looms over the four lakes on this route.

We decided to call it the “Four Lakes Route” because it begins with a climb to Kidney Lake before gaining the ridge at Point 8766, hence 4 lakes visited during one outing.
View of Kidney Lake from Above
Kidney Lake

9:15 am - The weather was cool enough to allow a kind-
of-late start and required the donning of long-sleeved
      attire and gloves – something different for the summer of 2006.

10:45 am – We reach the Kidney Lake turnoff at the 3 mile point and left the “official” Camas Lakes Trail. Though the Kidney Lake trail has been abandoned by the Forest Service, it’s still in good shape and easy to follow. The only problem could be getting over the rushing stream (less than 100 yards from the turnoff) during the spring runoff.

11:15 am – We arrive at Kidney Lake for our first look at one of the nicest, amd mostly unknown, places in the Bitterroot Mountains. There are lots of perfect spots to camp if you’re looking for wilderness solitude.
On Point 8766
Looking south from
Point 8766.

11:30 am – We begin to climb the crest of the east ridge to Point 8766. Along the way we stop several time to take pictures.

12:50 pm – We reach the Point 8766 summit. Time for a snack and more pictures.

1:30 pm – As we approach the saddle southeast of Camas Peak, we stop for more picture taking and to study possible routes to the Camas Peak summit.
Final Push to Camas Peak
Final push to the
Camas Peak summit.

3:00 pm – We reach the summit of Camas Peak. We take another break for food, and, of course, more pictures.

4:00 pm – Having dropped off the ridge, we stop for, you guessed it, MORE PICTURES. This cirque would be a nice place to have a base camp for a several day assault on the nearby summits. There is even a small stream and a shallow pond hidden in the mountain heather lying under the open forest of larch and whitebark pine.

6:45 pm – We arrive back at the trailhead after 9 1/2 hours of hiking, scrambling, and taking pictures.
Off the Ridge
Time for pictures after descending into the west end of the cirque.

All in all, a very enjoyable day.


View of Kidney Lake from AboveMiddle Camas PeakAscending to Easts Camas PeakFinal Push to Camas PeakFour Lakes Route ProfileWest Camas PeakDescent from Ridge Crest
Upper and Middle Camas LakesWard & Four LakesEast Camas PeakCamas Lakes TrailNorth View of Point 8766On Point 8766Off the Ridge
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