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jdarr67South Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

jdarr67

With Alana, Mark and Patti. Loved this peak and the vistas from the summit.
Posted May 2, 2014 6:13 pm

locke456Wonderful Summit, Terrible Descent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2013

locke456

Route: Trail 133

First thing's first: driving up to the trailhead we found an amazing pull-off about .5 miles before the trailhead proper, where we parked and camped for the night rather than hiking a mile or two in and camping, which had been the original plan. Definitely recommend this as a pre-hike camp spot and the climb itself as a dayhike.

In late June, the snow was really cooperative. That is, there wasn't any until we were on the talus slopes right before the summit, where there was enough snow that we were able to avoid dealing with the boulders entirely and follow old snowshoe prints all the way to the summit. We tagged East Trapper on the way back down, too; definitely do this, it's a surprisingly satisfying little climb and view even after climbing the "main" peak.

Coming back down, we strayed purposely to the left of the established trail, thinking we could descend one of the snow chutes to the lake. Instead, we ended up stuck on cliff ledges for a few hours until the snow had hardened enough for us to climb entirely back out of the chute, traverse back to the main trail, and head home. Dumb decision, but ultimately didn't much dampen the awesomeness of the camping/climbing experience.
Posted Oct 8, 2013 10:50 pm

mountain medicGood Times  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013

mountain medic

Climbed with my two brothers-in-law via Baker Lake. The route finding wasn't too bad, we just traveled South from the lake until we found the game/climbers trail up to the ridge crest, then followed the ridge to the summit. The view from the top was outstanding, and we were entertained by a whistling marmot. I'm glad we scrambled from Baker Lake instead of taking the normal trail. Good times!
Posted Aug 25, 2013 1:59 am

AMontananSmokey, but Beautiful  Sucess!
Couldn't have been a better hike, really smoke due to the wildfires, but we stayed on the top for nearly a 1/2hr and there was absolutely no wind! Definitely should be on every hiker's list in the Bitterroot valley & Missoula!
Posted May 8, 2013 10:28 pm

PeakerStandard Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Peaker

A very nice hike with great views but I wish I had taken the Gem Lake Gully route. The trail was a bit crowded.
Posted Feb 3, 2013 8:00 pm

awhite28Trapper  Sucess!

awhite28

Rock glacier!
Posted Dec 25, 2012 1:54 pm

powderpadyGlorious Fall Day   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012

powderpady

Warm,amazing weather w/clear, deep blue skies w/some smoke to the West. Moderately steep trail, well used and easy scramble to the Summit. Had views all the way to Austria! No...seriously a real "bird's eye" view across the Bitteroot Mtns. awaits all who venture high. Well worth the effort. Steve fired up his stove on the Summit and cooked a lunch of Ramen&sausage and we shared a cup of Chai tea laced w/honey...how sweet is that @ 10,157 ft.!!! Hiking time from TH-to za Summit-2hrs.45 min.
Posted Oct 8, 2012 9:33 pm

BrianChaseMellow hike  Sucess!

BrianChase

Nice Views, if i had more time would not have done the standard route.
Posted Aug 27, 2012 2:54 pm

JLuthanenSmokey  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

JLuthanen

Hiked via the standard route after car camping at the trailhead. Parking lot to summit in 3hrs, steep grade most of the way up (as opposed to standard 10-12% grade, closer to 20%). Big fire in the Selway-Bitteroot wilderness shrouded most long distance views. Summited East Trapper afterwards, and had a snowball fight in mid August - good times
Posted Aug 20, 2012 1:15 am

Montana MattOne of my best memories from my year in MT  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

Montana Matt

One of the last hikes Leah and I did before leaving beautiful Montana for Colorado. Hiked via the standard route and had the mountain to ourselves. Man, I miss Montana...
Posted Jun 22, 2012 9:31 pm

larch32Fall color.  Sucess!
Beautiful hike.
Posted Mar 5, 2012 11:38 pm

distressbarkGem Lake Gully  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2011

distressbark

Climbed via Gem Lake Gully, descended via Baker Lake Ridge. Fantastic route! Glad we were able to break up what sounds like a rather monotonous trail slog with some fun route finding and scrambling on the Gem Lake Gully Route. Spectacular views from the top... spotted upwards of 10 separate smoke plumes from wildfires in Montana and Idaho.
Posted Oct 4, 2011 8:41 pm

MTfred19Trail up east ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2010

MTfred19

2nd time up the standard route.
Posted Mar 5, 2011 2:04 pm

urnotrealGood day  Sucess!

urnotreal

July 2004
Went with my buddy, Abe. Discovered my new favorite Bitterroot Mountain: El Capitan.
Posted Aug 18, 2010 11:47 pm

ianc82perfect day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2010

ianc82

A perfect day with amazing weather. Hiked from Trapper Peak TH and summitted via standard route. Had two separate black bear encounters!
Posted Aug 16, 2010 10:51 pm

JFKittyFirst Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2007

JFKitty

First climb and with all three of The Boys. Awesome day.
Posted Jul 12, 2010 12:34 pm

Pack AddictBaker to Gem route   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2009

Pack Addict

Hike up here several times, Refreshing and spledid views. Taking the Gem lake route offers a few places for your dog to cool off.
Posted Apr 11, 2010 9:34 pm

brittonrussSolo Winter Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 28, 2010

brittonruss

Great climb, could only get a mile up the Trapper Peak Trail access road, snowshoed from there up to the trail head. Then slogged up to the summit the next day. Beautiful views!
Posted Mar 1, 2010 8:11 pm

juneauhikerNice hike.  Sucess!

juneauhiker

Great views of the Bitterroot mountains and valley.
Posted Feb 26, 2010 5:34 pm

alpinelightGreat trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 1997

alpinelight

Great trip with friend Erik and father in law Larry. Also Larry's dog Gabi made it to the summit.
Posted Feb 8, 2010 3:52 pm

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