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HikesWithDogsOl' Trusty!  Sucess!


3rd summit this year. St. Mary Peak is always fun if you need a quick daytime diversion with some out-of-town friends. 3.2 miles up a nice, clear trail, with the objective plainly in sight for the last mile up. Classic Bitterroot views and the occasional visit with the lookout staffer are among the charms St. Mary has to offer.
Posted Sep 3, 2015 5:23 pm

boisedocBackup plan #4  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2015


forest fires in Idaho forced us to do a "Hail Mary" and head over to Montana for a quick hike on our way to Canada. Very nice trail to the summit and had a nice visit with the person manning the lookout. Too smoky to see much other than the Heavenly Twins. This was our first Bitterroot summit and it looks like a nice area but probably too far from Boise to frequent.
Posted Aug 31, 2015 12:31 pm

Treeline12000Amazing Bitterroots  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2015


Could see this peak from the cabin we stayed at in the Bitterroot Valley. Windy hike with amazing views.
Posted Aug 13, 2015 7:07 pm

Wildcatsunset  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2015


7th time up, 55 min to the top. Great place to watch the sunset.
Posted Aug 3, 2015 12:08 pm

SophiaBeautiful Hike, Inspiring Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2014


First time on this well maintained trail. Sunny and warm on the hike up, but the summit was bitterly cold and blustery. Stood a long time looking east and fantasizing about an attempt at the Heavenly Twins. Will be trying that soon!
Posted Jun 17, 2015 12:49 am

MTfred19Great Tour!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2015


The snow has been terrible around here for skiing lately, but we decided to get out anyway. We put 4 chains on my buddy's Ranger and were able to get up the icy road a little ways to about 4800 feet. Skinned up the east side, cutting switchbacks to the trailhead, and on up towards the summit. The last 400 feet we ditched the skis to walk up the rocky windblown slopes. The summit cabin has a little trapdoor on the east side for winter access to the shelter. Sure helped to get out of the wind! Returned pretty much the same way and the ski down was not so great due to the crappy snow. Oh well, it was still a fun day on the mountain under a beautiful blue sky!
Posted Jan 31, 2015 7:16 pm

WildcatSunrise  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2014


5th time up. Solo on this one. Made it up at 6:30AM for a nice sunrise tried for the Heavenly twins but was turned back atop Disappointment Peak great hike though. Also hiked down to St.Marys lakes
Posted Dec 10, 2014 1:28 am

palblinkerFall Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 11, 2014


Started the hike off and was pretty warm and got chilly fast as the cold front came in. Was in the clouds, windy, and a little bit of snow flying. It was amazing. Finished the hike in 3 hours round trip.
Posted Oct 11, 2014 5:58 pm

awhite28Nice views  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2008


Nice fall hike with a great friend.
Posted Jul 1, 2014 12:10 am

jdarr67Standard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2013


Great way to celebrate Independence Day with Alana, Nic, Mark, Damon and Patti. A good family hiking peak. Great views to the west, for sure.
Posted May 2, 2014 6:37 pm

mountain medicWow  Sucess!

mountain medic

Did this solo, was a fun hike. The lookout was open, so I sat up there and used the fire triangulation equipment to locate a fire burning in Idaho. I lugged up a half bottle of merlot and sipped on it enjoying the view before I hiked back down. Would love to go again someday, the views were outstanding!
Posted Jan 16, 2013 12:54 pm

WOLFrisingLong road up  Sucess!


Summer 2011

Climbed solo. Long road to the trailhead. Easy hike and great views of a bunch of small tarns from the top. The lookout was manned, and I learn plenty about the surrounding peaks!
Posted Jan 7, 2013 1:05 am

larch32Yehaw  Sucess!
Chilly and new snow.
Posted Mar 5, 2012 11:37 pm

distressbarkfun trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2011


Spectacular views from the top on a cloudless yet slightly hazy 4th of July. We followed the summit ridge to the south and glissaded down towards McCalla Lake... still plenty of skiing to be had in the south bowl!
Posted Jul 5, 2011 8:28 am

mtn earSeveral times...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2003

mtn ear

An easy hike. Have been up here several times since, but on this first occasion I carried my two year old daughter on a beautiful early fall day. Got a great picture of her sitting on the pit toilet that still hangs in our bathroom!
Posted Apr 10, 2011 10:51 am

MtMtnHikerEasy Peak


Must hike if you live near the Bitterroot.
Posted Mar 14, 2011 1:02 am

MTfred19Trail up SE ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2006


Approximate date. 2nd time on summit. Hiked with my parents to the top on a smoky day during the Gash Creek fires. The ladybugs kept biting us!
Posted Mar 5, 2011 3:41 pm

Bob SihlerTrail hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2008

Bob Sihler

Hiked up on a cool, cloudy morning with thephotohiker. Not a very exciting hike, but nice views from the top, especially of the Heavenly Twins.
Posted Feb 16, 2011 1:48 pm

bighigazSolo Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 22, 2010


Somehow given my late start I was priveledged to be the first on the trail and the first on the summit. Unless you count my dog, who ran up ahead of me! It was quiet, peaceful, and the last day before the snow came! This was my first Bitterroot summit, and will certainly not be the last! Round-trip time was 3:15, including 30 minutes (maybe a little more...) enjoying the quiet summit. Thanks to my wife for allowing me to escape alone on my birthday... and for "hailing" my return with an amazing birthday dinner! I love you Suzanne.
Posted Dec 2, 2010 2:11 pm

figureninegood climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 9, 2010


All my friends were working so did this one by myself. Made it to the top from the trailhead via the standard route in about 1:20. A few other hikers but not too crowded. I was very intrigued by the heavenly twins but didnt have time to go over there today so I walked over to point 8990 via the ridge to get a better look at the approach, and then back up to the summit of st. mary. great view and nice weather for october!
Posted Oct 9, 2010 9:12 pm

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