Hiking through the "devastation zone" was a real treat as I was treated to the biggest rocks I've ever seen. And that ridge walk though.
We followed the West Slope route as outlined by Edwards in his book.
Summer 2015 with Sean, Xenja, and Daniel D. Hiked into Otatso Creek and up Gable pass from Slide lake. Also went up Papoose, and Ninaki before heading up Chief. Great day and a great start to the 2015 season.
We took the Humble Oil Road up and then the patchy trail around the mountain to the saddle where the southwest slope route starts. I'm not sure why that trail isn't mentioned on this page but it's definitely the way to go! A morning rainstorm took a lot of the smoke out of the air. We weren't sure if Chief was going to let us go (it said no last year) but the skies cleared and we got the go-ahead!
I climbed this mountain when I was working at Glacier in 2011 and it immediately became one of my favorites. I especially loved the Bison Skull and the moose and deer antlers on top as well as all the offerings
I saw Chief Mountain for the first time many years ago and knew I had to come back and climb it. There was a lot of debris from mudslides, large boulders and scree that had fallen from the mountain over time. We had perfect weather and great views on this day.
Fun walk, awful scramble up the talus, fun climb.
2009 - w/ Anders Olson, Tyler Trudeau, George Handuc and Ely Behrhorst.
2010 - w/ Meghan McCarthy, Jacob Oftedahl, Tyler Haasch, Kent Lockman and Cory Mark.
2011 - w/ Heidi Sauerland, Rachel Heiken, Julie Nelson, Nate Huff and Ruel Golding
2012 - w/ Xenja Poljakowa, Joshua Terry and Erik Lokensgard
1st 3 times via Lee Ridge/Gable Pass, 4th time via Humble Oil Road. (Blackfoot Land Use Permit required).
Climbed this peak with Sean, Xenja, and Erik. It was my first climb back after becoming very sick for the first few weeks at Many. We bought permits at Duck Lake and took the route beginning at the conclusion of the Humble Oil Road. Great route, the downsides were getting over my illness, climbing with a broken hand, and seeing a kid almost die on the huge scree field. Thanks for the assist on the Class IV moves, Sean!
Summited in winter conditions with 6 others climbers. Incredible bluebird day with 6 to 16 inches of snow on the level with even more in the boulder fields.
Great climb with great people. Another beautiful day in Glacier. It was my first time on Lee Ridge and I was stunned by the spectacular views in all directions.
August 27, 2005 for Howard Hillhouse Stone
again in 2011, for Chris Street
Climbed with my brother and his son, my older sister, her husband and two boys, and my younger sister.
Grew up with the North face staring at us every day. It was grand to see the view from up there.
We climbed Chief with a Blackfeet Tribal member - it was a wonderful day!!
I was proviledged to climb with a Blackfoot tribal member. The connection the tribe has with this mountain is incredible. We started from the northeast through the north scree fields and finally to the saddle between Ninaki and Chief. From there we joined the Southwest Slope Route.
2010 with Laurel, Ron and other GMS members. Lightning shortened the summit stay.
2003 with Bill, John, April, Bud, Martin via Lee Ridge approach. Smoky skies prevented good views.
long, fantastic approach from Lee Ridge Trail (trailhead is 1/2 mile south of Belly River Customs). found climber's trail south of Gable Pass and took it to large talus field south of Ninaki Papoose and The Squaw. tedious traverse around the two, but after that, a well-worn trail can be followed up the west scree slopes of Chief. found notch in north ridge described by Gordon Edwards, and followed another great trail from there. sketchiest part of the climb was up the actual summit block; group tried a couple different ways up, but never found anything easier than class III/class IV. amazing summit. astounding views of the entire park to the south and west. truly a privilege to be up there.
CLIMBED WITH "LITTLE BROTHER" JAMIE MICHAELS PASSING N AND AROUND TO W FACE FOUND COW SCULL ON SUMMIT!
DATE UNCERTAIN - RETURNED WITH VERN INGRAHAM OF WHITEFISH AND CLIMBED VIA THE PARK BOUNDARY SWATH WHICH WAS QUITE A BUSHWACK OVER DOWNED TREES FROM THE COLLAPSE OF MUCH OF THE EAST FACE
Followed the boundary swath between GNP and the Blackfeet Reservation, then hiked up the West Slope route. I love this peak for its location on the edge of the Rockies and the Great Plains. Gordon Edwards had signed into the summit register a day or two before I did and I was bummed to have missed the chance to meet him. At age 20, this was the most serious summit I had attained at the time.
Bagged the peak for the third time on August 8, 2005. The trail to the base was a bit harder to follow since the piece fall off the front of Chief in the early 90's(?). In fact we lost the trail for a while on the return hike. The instructions and directions on this site were very helpful.
I've climbed this mountain three times, once in 1978, and again in 1979 and most recently in August 2005.
Both times I went up in the 1970's, as a kid, I went with my mom, and brother and a group of folks lead by Bob Low of Cardston.
Climbed with Bill and Paul Bishop. Great day - Great Route.