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South Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Montana, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 48.96111°N / 114.93306°W

Object Title: South Ridge

Route Type: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Class 2+

Route Quality: 
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Page By: rebelgrizz

Created/Edited: Nov 15, 2011 / Nov 15, 2011

Object ID: 760226

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Overview

The Trails

 
Green Mountain
Paradise Lake and Point 7712
 
Green Mountain
Trail #339 intersection
Hike up the Bluebird Trail #83 for approximately 2.32 miles gaining about 1150'. The goal is to reach the Highline Trail #339 as it traverses northward across the wide bench (Bluebird Basin) containing Paradise Lake and Bluebird Lake. Trail #83 is a well-maintained trail as it is the primary route to Bluebird Lake which is a popular destination in the Ten Lakes Scenic Area. The trail does switchbacking on its way up to the bench and crosses Bluebird Creek several times. Early in the season, more than one of these crossings could be problematic due to snowmelt.




 
Green Mountain
Approaching the ridge on #339
 
Green Mountain
Point 7712 from the ridge

When you reach the trail intersection, turn right and begin making your way towards Point 7712 and the ridge east of it. The trail is relatively flat until you reach the ridge...total distance to the top of the ridge is about 1.7 miles with a gain of about 440'. The Highline Trail #339 switchbacks its way up and over that ridge and angles down the other side into another basin with two other small lakes. The ridge offers up some great views...pictured below.

LOOKING BACK THE WAY YOU CAME





BAT LAKE FROM THE RIDGE





POINT 7686 FROM THE RIDGE


The Saddle

 
Green Mountain
Saddle
 
Green Mountain
Approximate route



From the ridge crest follow #339 down the other side for approximately .18 miles losing about 100' until the trail flattens out in the basin. At this point, you can start looking for a way up to the saddle between Point 7712 and Green.


ROUTE PHOTOS



Green Mountain
Early going up to the saddle
Green Mountain
Looking over at Point 7712
Green Mountain
Almost there




It is only .13 up to the saddle gaining almost 300'. There is some minor scrambling towards the top and if you veered to the right into the cliffs the climbing would be more difficult. Overall, a pretty straightforward route up.

LOOKING BACK DOWN THE ROUTE


Summit Ridge

 
Green Mountain
JFKitty heading up the ridge
 
Green Mountain
Looking toward the summit
The south ridge is an easy walk up from the saddle for about 1/4 of a mile gaining a little over 300'. Spectacular views to the east and the west abound as one ascends the ridge.




JFKITTY APPROACHING THE SUMMIT




LOOKING BACK DOWN THE SUMMIT RIDGE


Descent

One can retrace their steps to get back to the trailhead or descend the north-east ridge to do a little extra exploring. The descent of the NE ridge is just shy of 1/3 of a mile. Once at the saddle between Green and Point 7686, you can again, pick up the Highline Trail and head back, or, if you have the time, continue on to Poorman Mountain.


Green Mountain
JFKitty begins descent of NE ridge
Green Mountain
JFKitty further down the ridge
Green Mountain
Looking back up the NE ridge

Route Statistics


ROUTE STATISTICS
TerrainOne-Way MileageElevation Gain
Trail #832.321150'
Trail #3391.70440'
Descent of Trail #339.18-94'
Scramble up to saddle.13294'
Hike up ridge.25302'
Total4.582186'

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MarcsoltanExcellent page

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

Steve, This is one of your best pages, and it down loaded in seconds. I really like the layout, the text and the photos.



Many cheers,

Marc
Posted Nov 18, 2011 5:28 pm
rebelgrizzRe: Excellent page

rebelgrizz

Hasn't voted

Thanks Marc! I'm assuming, regarding your downloading comment, that a lot of my pages take a while?? I guess its the large photos, but I really like using them...
Posted Nov 19, 2011 12:59 am
MarcsoltanRe: Excellent page

Marcsoltan

Voted 10/10

No problem at all, Steve. I like those large photos too.
Posted Nov 19, 2011 2:33 pm

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