Well, I made it back. Thought I could avoid the smoky fires in the Missoula area by coming down here but of course it was not to be. Duh! Still great views, though. Took the Boulder Point route again. Climbed East Boulder on the way, and stayed high on the traverse. Hot and smoky! Decided to drop through the bottom of the little basin on the way back and that worked out fine, too. It seemed like a long hike, and I was wondering why I had been so gung ho to make the summit in an ice storm with dogs 7 years ago. Seems crazy. But I was happy to be back.
Via Nelson Lake trail and walking up south slope; GPS says 8.8 miles RT and ~4,800 total vertical gain.
First hike for me with the Rocky Mountaineers. Fun hike with some nice folks to just below point 9,442. Due to the deteriorating weather at that point, the trip leader made the wise decision to retreat with the rest of the crew while I, hoping to not seem rude, decided to continue to the top with my dogs over incredibly slippery rock and poor visibility. Ended up being not much of a view on top, but glad I continued anyway (guess I'll have to go back!). Caught the rest of the group on the way down and we all went to Perkins in Hamilton for some hot beverages.
After turning back in January I wanted another shot at this on snow and got one today. The route I took is totally free of avalanche hazard. A nice day, of some sun, wind, snow and burnt calories. GREAT ski back down.
I do remember being fairly well wiped at the end of the day. Also, strange listening to a helicopter all day working a timber operation in a drainage to the south.
16sep09 - Beginning from the Boulder Point Trailhead, I climbed all 3 summits of Boulder Peak. It turns out the best route to the middle (and highest) summit is to climb the east summit first then follow the ridge of aretes westward.
24aug06 - A fairly long day of 11.5 miles and over 5,100' of elevation gain. Still, it was very satisfying. I especially enjoyed the open forest of whitebark pine between Boulder Point and Peak.