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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

montaneerDawn Breaking  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2004


Hiked up the standard route w/ rmick in the middle of the night. Sunrise hitting the Bitterroot Mtns. was spectacular!! Hanging out in the lookout tower with the spirits, smoke, and good friends was awesome. Made this hike a couple of other times with similar pleasant results.
Posted Sep 13, 2009 11:27 pm

Michael HoytLost Count  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 26, 2010

Michael Hoyt

26may10 - Climbed to the summit on snow again, this time with a couple of friends. They both bemoaned that they didn't have their skis with them. Dang!

23jun09 - Though I've lost count of the number of times I've visited this summit, this was the first time I made the effort to get there while there was still snow on the route.
Posted Sep 8, 2009 6:26 pm

rmick25Sunrise on Saint Mary  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 5, 2004


Hiked to the top in the middle of the night. Hung out in lookout tower with buddies playing cards until sunrise. Magnificent!
Posted Aug 31, 2009 1:13 pm

montanachrisQuintessential Montana  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2003


This was one of my first summit hikes. I partially blame (more accurately, thank) St Mary for my addiction to peak bagging!
Posted Dec 16, 2008 9:51 pm

DrunkcaballoA Few Years Ago  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2001


Hiked up this a few years ago. Beautiful place. I need to go back.
Posted Oct 15, 2008 12:11 am

huckleberryFun in the sun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2008


Turned out to be a great day on the mountain. Sunny and 70's.
Posted Aug 15, 2008 10:12 am

hepcat241Normal Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2007


Not the best day for a hike since it was smokey out, but it was good to get outside just the same. My girlfriend ended up knowing the guy on duty in the fire tower, so we shot the bull for a while up top. The view is supposed to be nice so I'll have to go back at some point.
Posted May 28, 2008 4:11 pm

caverpilotSki central  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2000


May 24, 2005: Doug, Kevin and I summited, set off a wet slab on the northeast bowls, then decided to traverse over to the south bowls. Unbelievable day, Kevin did it without snowshoes!

May 8, 2004: Jay, Phil, Mike and I made it to the last switchback before the trailhead - tree down and no chainsaw! This is actually a great place to climb/return because it is steep! Lots of photos on the summit - we were all land surveyors that summer - the "surveyin' jerks trip."

May 9, 2003 Solo trip (with my dog Teewinot) to the summit in crappy weather. First day out on my new Alpine Touring skis. The snow conditions were great, but being by myself, I stuck to the ridgeline and out of the bowls.

June 29, 2002 Weekend backcountry trip with my brother and our dogs. Camped at Upper McCalla Lake on Friday night, climbed the south slope to the summit at sunset and then glissaded back to camp. Saturday we got stuck in the tent all day while the storm tore the tent apart. Sunday we got turns in the south bowl. This was all on alpine skis - we carried our boots in!

July 4, 2000 One of my first real mountain hiking trips. I saw a guy carry his telemark skis all the way to the summit for about 10 turns down to McCalla Lake, which is where I got the idea for subsequent adventures. Great times!
Posted Apr 27, 2008 6:51 pm

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