to "Sweathouse Peak". I walked the ridge out to the next peak - 8839. That's a great summit, but the connecting ridge is quite tough! A long boulder slog. Gash Point is pretty awesome, too, but it can get awfully hot going up through the burn if you are hiking in the summertime. Great views! Love this area!
Don't follow the trail, but stay on the north ridge to avoid the downed trees from the fire. The trail only exsists for 1/4 mile, so you don't gain much. It maybe a bit longer of a hike, but worth looking into Sweathouse canyon once you are on the ridge. Gorgeous hike and great views. Remember the actual summit is about 1/4 mile north, once you hit the saddle. Follow the creek back down to enjoy the ponds. Still plenty of snow patches and water in 2012 July.
Can't recall the exact date. November '09? Low clouds blocked the view of Sky Pilot and only allowed a fleeting glimpse of Bear Lake.
Nice half-day hike. Good views all around
Probably not a spectacular hike in summer, but this is a great backcountry ski area in winter.
There was 40 inches of fresh snow. It was the most amazing day of skiing I have ever had. Gash point will live in infamy.
16may10 - I decided to hit the mountains a bit earlier this year. Gash Point was the first of the year. The snow was a bit on the crappy side - not very consolidated very well yet. Had to use snowshoes even early in the morning while climbing. Yuck!
10jun09 - Used this summit as an early-season get-in-shape climb. Good weather and great views always make this summit a nice place to visit.
3jun08 - Decided to see just how much snow there was up high after our very snowy Bitterroot Winter. There was still a lot. Close to the summit there were drifts over 20' deep. Saw several elk cows, prints from mule deer, and a squirrel above snow line.
October 2006 - Climbed just to see what damage had been caused by the summer's Gash Creek Fire. Not too bad.
July 2006 - As it had rained fairly heavily the night before, bushwhacking up this route provided us with very wet legs and feet. The humidity kept the rest of our bodies wet with sweat!