OverviewCanyon Peak sits back on the west side of the Bitterroot Valley above Hamilton. Only a few vantage points in town allow one to view Canyon Peaks and its appearingly sheer walls. The peak itself is above Canyon Lake and Wyant Lake at the end of the Canyon Creek. After about an eight mile approach on trail, the climb itself is 1500' of class three-four scrambling/climbing. Its North ridge divides Canyon and Blodget Creek drainages. From the top, one has breathtaking views straight down the steep faces of the peak.
Getting ThereThe peak is accessed from the Canyon Creek/Blodget Overlook Trailhead. From Hamilton (40 miles S. of Missoula), take Main Street west through town, and where it turns into Westbridge Road about two miles from Hwy 93, take a right onto Rickets Road. Take a left onto Canyon Creek Road after about .25 miles, and follow it until in turns to dirt and becomes Blodgett Camp Road. Blodgett Camp Road has a clearly marked fork, with the Canyon Creek trail to the left. The trailhead is another two miles.
From the trailhead, the base of the peak is about 8 miles on fairly steep trail. From the base above Wyant Lake, there are two options for climbing the peak. One can either hike up the alpine scree slope to the SE ridge, and ascend the peak via ridgeline, or hike up to the N. ridge, and ascend the peak in the same manner, by following the ridgeline. More in-depth route descriptions can be found in the "Routes" section.