Started the day with my dog (Allie) at the 2wd TH. We actually cut up through "Marble-Park' (See USGS Topo Maps). Pretty painless bush-waking to the South plateau. The summit is also fairly painless. NOTE: if you've put in the effort to make it to the summit, consider walking the ridge over and summiting Deerlodge mt. The ridge is epic and the views looking back at Mt. Powell and "The Crater" are unbelievable (best part of the hike really). If you do walk the ridge and decided to summit Deerlodge you have two options: 1) make it a loop (from what I hear its about 14 miles in total and some gnarly bush-waking), or 2) make it an in-and-out.... Trust me, you want to do it as an in-and-out... It's about 7.5 miles to summit of Deerlodge so in total its only a mile longer than the loop option and if you do it as in in-and-out YOU GET TO WALK THE RIGDE AGAIN!!! With Mt. Powell and 'The Crater' in site the whole way back to the S. plateau.
Took the trail up to Martin Lake and climbed Mt. Powell. Walked the Crater rim over to Deer Lodge Mountain. Very impressive views! Camped at Martin Lake.
Have combined Mt. Powell and Dearlodge Mtn. together in all seasons around 15 times. Climbed with Sp'r Saintgrizzly also.
Climbed with Cory Frankovich (pintlerpro on SP). This was in March of 2005, which was an all-time record winter for lack of snow. Cory, who knows the area very well, pointed out we should have been snowshoeing in about seven feet of snow, but conditions at that time were similar to what would normally be found in June (we left the snowshoes on our packs all day)!
It was a nice, albeit long, day. Cory's a great person to climb with!
Worked up the east side, tagged the top of Deer Lodge, and then continued the traverse above 'The Crater' to Mount Powell.
Left the jeep at 6:45 and returned at 5:30. 9 miles round trip and 4165' of elevation gain. It was a great day. Great views.