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Ksanka Peak

Ksanka Peak

Ksanka Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.93444°N / 114.94°W

Object Title: Ksanka Peak

County: Lincoln

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 7488 ft / 2282 m


Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Sep 12, 2012 / Sep 13, 2012

Object ID: 813600

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Located just south of the Canadian border in NW Montana's Whitefish Range lies the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. This remote hiking/backpacking area offers 89 miles of trails within it's 15,700 acres. There are many alpine lakes, several named peaks, and several other un-named points that provide the hiker/climber with many destinations from which to choose.

Ksanka Peak is located in the southwest portion of the Ten Lakes Area. At 7488', Ksanka is not the highest peak in the area, but it's rugged beauty is sure to capture your attention. Once viewed from the saddle of Point 7448 (the major obstacle to Ksanka's summit) and Point 7417, it certainly instilled in us a heightened desire to scramble up the inviting NE ridge.

Other peaks of note in the Ten Lakes Scenic Area of the Whitefish Range include the following: Poorman Mountain, Green Mountain, Mount Wam, Stahl Peak, St. Clair Peak, Mount Gibralter, and Independence Peak.

Getting There

Green Mountain
Bluebird #83 Trailhead view
Green Mountain
Trailhead sign
Drive 43 miles north of Whitefish on Hwy 93 and turn right on Grave Creek Rd. Grave Creek Road is paved and two lanes for the first 3 miles and then is paved and one lane with pullouts for the next 7 miles. Follow the signs to Therriault Lakes. Total distance from Hwy 93 is 29.2 miles. After the first 10 miles it is a mixture of gravel with a couple of paved sections. It is a fairly decent road for the most part and 2WD passenger cars are able to travel on it. At approximately 27.8 miles take the right to Little Therriault Lake and drive for another approximately .8 miles to the turn-off to the left for Little Therriault Lake, but instead of turning left, continue straight up the road for another .6 miles, passing the Horse Camp until the road dead ends at the Bluebird Trail #83 trailhead.

Route Information

TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Trail #832.321150'
Trail #339.1525'
Trail #340 to first saddle.52387'
Off-trail to Point 7448 summit.15209'
Descent to Ksanka saddle.15-299'
Ksanka's NE ridge to summit.29328'

Summit Views

Camping and RedTape

Ksanka Peak is located in the Kootenai National Forest which is bear country. Don't hike alone, make noise as you hike, and carry bear spray and know how to use it. We did not see any bear sign on Ksanka Peak, but the Whitefish Range is chock full of healthy-sized black bears and the occasional grizzly.

Bear Stuff

There is no water available on this hike after Paradise Lake. A map of the Kootenai National Forest and the Rexford/Fortine Ranger District is helpful in negotiating the many Forest Service Roads. Bug repellent is an absolute necessity in Montana in June, July and August. No ticks were seen on this hike.

The closest campground is at Little Therriault Lake.

Parting Shot


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