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ianc82Made it with my dog  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2009

ianc82

My dog had trouble but he made it! Fantastic day and rewarding views.
Posted Nov 26, 2009 1:22 am

bbfish8675Braving the Wind  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2009

bbfish8675

I finally got a chance to hike Ross Peak, and not a day too soon because today (9-30-09) it is a blizzard outside. Thankfully I was ready for the wind when I got up to Ross Pass, but that was the only downside of the hike. This is probably my new favorite hike in the Bridgers, such a fun scramble to the top. I was and still am awestruck by the incredible rock formations on Ross Peak and the west side of Ross Pass.
Posted Sep 30, 2009 1:36 pm

Jerry LDog   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2009

Jerry L

said no
Posted Aug 21, 2009 10:46 am

samhRound Two  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2009

samh

It was Liz' birthday today and she's been wanting to summit Ross so four of us grabbed our mountain bikes and rode to the pass. Locked up the bikes, changed into trail runners and summited the peak. On the descent we took the Northern trail along Brackett for a change of pace. Fun riding and great climbing. It was also cool looking through the summit register to see who'd summitted since I was last up there a couple days over a year previous.
Posted Aug 3, 2009 1:11 am

Alcas24Great day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2008

Alcas24

Started down on 86 and rode my bike up to the pass. Beautiful day. A little over 2 hours up and less than an hour down. I suck at mountain biking but it was really fun and not too scary. We are very lucky to have such cool and beautiful areas so close to town.
Posted Aug 12, 2008 4:10 pm

wyomtmanThe Bridgers Limestone Crown  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2006

wyomtman

Hiked up East Face, great peak.
Posted Jul 27, 2008 11:50 pm

samhFirst Peak in Bozeman  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008

samh

I recently moved back to the mountains of Montana from Minnesota. Having lived up in Whitefish and West Glacier for long enough to get it in my blood it was hard to move to the Midwest. Now I call Bozeman home and having been here two weeks it was time to bag a local peak. I did lots of homework on Summit Post and noticed all the good pages for peaks around here. I thought my virgin peak should be a virgin page on Summit Post as well so I got out the topo maps and prepared myself for the craggy knob located in the middle of the Bridger Range.

I opted for an approach along a Forest Service road starting at Brackett Creek. One with a 4x4 could basically drive all the way up to Ross Pass but I opted to park and walk. I had camping gear with me in the event I felt like staying up high for the evening. Temps were in the mid 80s F and the sun was ablazin'. I made the pass in good time and chatted with a couple other folks along the way. I had only a small amount of beta for making the summit from the pass but upon arriving at the pass a relatively obvious use trail was present.

The use trail proceeds straight up next to a fin of rock and is easy to follow all the way to the summit so long as you watch for it and a small set of cairns. It's a steep climb with only one short section of class 3 that I had to pass over.

Summiting is exciting as the route I took near the top included a six or ten foot wide knife edge with massive exposure off to the Northeast. Once atop the peak there are number of short arms that you can walk out and get great views of the rest of the range, Ross Pass below as well as the fields of Bozeman. A summit register is also present located in an orange-painted ammo box. It has entries back to 2005.

I left the summit with the intention of following the ridge north to Sacagawea and then dropping down to the National Recreation Trail that walks below the ridge on the West side but I quickly encountered serious exposure and very windy conditions that got ahold of me and turned me around. Instead I re-summited and simply headed back down into the valley at a leisurely pace.

I have climbed no other peaks in the Bridger Range but just looking at them from a distance I feel as though Ross is the most exciting (others having signed the summit register felt this way as well). I scoped some very sick looking couloirs that may need to feel the edge of my snowboard in the coming winters so I'll probably make another trip to the top of this fine peak.
Posted Jul 27, 2008 12:08 am

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