East Saint Marys Peak Climber's Log

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CamDole - Jun 27, 2020 6:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2018

Introduction to the Missions  Sucess!

Made me hungry for more in the missions.... grizzly sighting up high but no concern. Class 2/2+ scramble across scree the last mile or so. Had to route find the last half mile- climbed a snowfield we probably didn't have the right gear for.


missoula - Aug 7, 2019 8:22 am Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2019

bagged with a traverse to Mountaineer Peak  Sucess!

I joined a group of the Rocky Mountaineers for a long day traverse starting at Mission Falls Trailhead, up past Lucifer and Picture Lakes, up to Mountaineer Peak. Then some minor route finding was needed to get south over to East Saint Mary's, and down that trail to the other car. Big Day!


Calrs84 - Jul 28, 2019 12:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2019

Totally worth it!!  Sucess!

Straight up to the top! Amazing views of The Garden and Gray Wolf.


larch32 - Jul 23, 2018 10:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2018

Good Trail  Sucess!

There is an excellent, albeit steep, trail that starts right next to the fire pit at the campsite.


Peaker - Aug 5, 2017 2:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2017

Nice Area  Sucess!

Up the steep trail and a bit of snow to the top then over to Lowary Peak for my first outing in the Missions. Fantastic mountain range, the descent is quad zapping.


climber46 - Oct 24, 2016 7:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2015

standard route  Sucess!

Hiked East Saint Marys Peak with a friend in July 2015. We reached the summit in about 4 hours. Tried to traverse to West Saint Marys Peak but turned back after deciding the risk was not worth it. The trail through the woods near the bottom is a steep one, one of the few trails where having two poles would be most helpful.


HikesWithDogs - Jun 27, 2015 12:43 pm

You earn it!  Sucess!

Went on a 90+ degree day on a whim :) ESM was a workout, but once I reached the plateau at 8,600 feet and Grey Wolf emerged, everything made perfect sense. From there onward, the summit was an easy walk/scramble to the top. I did find the summit register, but the last names were from 1981(!). There was also a flag and a few random rock scrawlings dating back to the 1950s. If you go here, bring plenty of water if you're like me. I had to melt snow for more :)

tdub354 - Oct 6, 2013 5:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2012

East St. Marys  Sucess!

Climbed every mtn in the basin, huge day.


MTfred19 - Sep 9, 2013 6:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2013

St Marys Traverse  Sucess!

Mtnear and I attempted to climb up the south ridge of West St Marys 2 different times during winter conditions a couple years back and were stopped at the same place both times - about 300 feet below the summit - because of cornices and narrowness of the ridge and the overall difficulty and time needed to complete the route. Well, he completed the route last summer and I chose to finish it off this summer. The bushwack up the south ridge of WSM is brutal and I don't recommend it so much (a lot worse in summertime brush and recent blowdowns than it had been in winter). The final 300 feet were no problem and actually quite fun, as well as the traverse over to East St. Marys. A bunch of mountain goats were up on the summit just before I got there. Headed back down the trail, and overall it ended up being a pretty awesome and a bit tiring traverse!


lapotka - Sep 23, 2012 12:11 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2012

tap the Missions   Sucess!

bets tasting beer ever on the summit with the herd


DoctorStrapp - Sep 16, 2012 1:33 am Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2012

Yes!  Sucess!

Great climb with a herd!


DoctorStrapp - Aug 3, 2012 1:04 am Date Climbed: Jun 30, 2012

Quite the Hump

Had a great time getting above 9300'. Perfect weather. Enough snow to keep the dog and I from reaching the summit...


lapotka - May 25, 2012 1:18 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2011

punishing climb  Sucess!

totally worth the effort


MTfred19 - Mar 5, 2011 3:26 pm Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2009

SE ridge from St. Marys Lake  Sucess!

Called in sick and hightailed it up the ridge on a beautiful fall day. Combined it with Black Buck, Lowary(Peak X), and Peak Y to make for one of the greatest solo days I've had in the mountains.

skimissoula - Jan 10, 2010 7:44 pm Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2010

ski Jan 2010

The first 500-600 vertical feet have 1/4-2 inches of snow that is hard and icy. Due to the steepness, I would strongly recomend crampons. Our party had significant dificulty getting down safely and had several bad falls on this section.

Around 600 vertical feet fromt he trailhead the snow is very light and fluffy, but only 3 feet deep. This means that you sink to the forest floor with each step and stumps, logs, bushes and rocks prevent effective navigation uphill on skis. We had to keep post holing for another 200-300 vertical feet before we hit a deeper crustier snow.

The dense trees and shrub thickets further hindered our skiing descent. There is not enough snow to cover all of these obstacles, and the snow that is there is mostly so light that my skis were hitting 12 inch logs on the forest floor.

!!!Wait for more snow before trying this one!!!!


FlatheadJim - Jul 5, 2009 2:06 pm Date Climbed: Nov 25, 2000

E St Marys  Sucess!

Need to do this trip with boards & skins some year. Save the knees.


urnotreal - Aug 18, 2008 9:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

up up up  Sucess!

with jim and lucy. lucy's 2nd ever summit! my first mission summit. strawberries, thimbleberries, huckleberries, beautiful wildflowers, an amazing view of grey wolf, and, oh yeah, a ridiculously steep grade. also lucy likes snow too!

yimyohnson - Aug 18, 2008 12:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2008

Hot day in the Missions  Sucess!

Started climb with Pete and Lucy around 10 AM and got back approx. 12 hours later. She makes you work for it, but she is also very generous. Sick view of Grey Wolf. Lucy sure likes the Huckleberries.


NoSubas - Feb 24, 2008 11:31 pm Date Climbed: May 1, 2002

An old favorite  Sucess!

He subido esta montana muchas veces....es un favorito mio. He visto los pasos de muchas osos en la subida.


NOO2 - Dec 28, 2007 7:06 pm

I know my place

When I climbed this peak in the summer, I was bluff charged by a big sow grizzly. She stopped at 10 yards and just looked at me. That was the worst best moment of my life. I am just glad by buddy never saw her, otherwise he would have been on the run, and I would have still been standing there having to explain myself to the bear.

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