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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

tjburrGood 4-6 Hour Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2010


Trail offers a nice variety of hiking through pine forest and above timberline. The trailhead is 13 miles from highway 93, most of it on gravel surfaced road. I made the roundtrip in 3 hours moving at a good rate due to my late start (not recommended). I started at 4:30 PM, arrived on summit at 6:20 PM, and was back to car by 7:30 PM as the sky grew dark. Overall, very enjoyable experience. I passed a few hikers on their descent early in my ascent, then had the mountain to myself after that.
Posted Sep 23, 2010 6:01 pm

urnotrealNice trail  Sucess!


Been up a few times. It's well worth it just to get a look at the Heavenly Twins. Hopefully next time I'm up here, I'll be continuing on in their direction.
Posted Aug 18, 2010 11:49 pm

Pack AddictNice Views,  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 8, 2009

Pack Addict

I have hiked to Saint Mary's Peak several times, Always enjoy it.
Posted Apr 11, 2010 9:21 pm

juneauhikerChilly!  Sucess!


A white out and post holing with too little snow to justify skis made this hike a little tougher than it could have been but good hiking buddies and sandwiches saved the day.
Posted Feb 26, 2010 6:22 pm

alpinelightClassic  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 6, 1992


Sept 06 1992 Was first, with girlfriend now wife.

June 25 2005 It was a trip to Heavenly twins with friends Josh & Erik. Weather went to
hell so we climbed Saint Mary Peak by the SW ridge.
Posted Feb 8, 2010 3:43 pm

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