Hardscrabble Peak

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Montana, United States, North America
Hiking, Scrambling, Skiing
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9575 ft / 2918 m
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Hardscrabble Peak
Created On: Oct 6, 2006
Last Edited On: Oct 30, 2016

Hardscrabble Peak - View South
Hardscrabble Peak - View South

Sacagawea to Hardscrabble
Sacagawea to Hardscrabble

Hardscrabble Peak
Hardscrabble Peak

Hardscrabble Peak, Bridger Range, Montana, USA


One of the most popular peaks in the Bridger Range is Sacagawea Peak 9665 ft (2946 m). It shares a saddle with Hardscrabble Peak 9575 ft (2,918 m) and because of this are often climbed at the same time. Hardscrabble makes an excellent, less-traveled alternative to the more popular Sacagawea. One is also treated to the opportunity to summit two unnamed peaks between Hardscrabble Peak and Sacacjawea providing more breath-taking views The Crazy Mountains, Gallatin and Madison Ranges, the Beartooths, and the Tobacco Root Mountains. With easy access to the base of the peak a summit can be made in a few hours and it can be accessed at any time of the year.

Peak 9474, Frazier Peak  and Hardscrabble Peak
Peak 9474, Frazier Peak and Hardscrabble Peak

Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat

Frazier Lake
Frazier Lake

Peak Data for Hardscrabble Peak

Elevation: 9575 ft (2,918 m)
Range: Intermountain West
State: Montana
Country: United States
Continent: North America
Latitude: 45.8888000
Longitude: -110.9560000
Difficulty: Walk up
Topo: Sacagawea Peak USGSquadrangle

Access to Hardscrabble Peak

Fairy Lake

Climbing Hardscrabble Peak with the greatest of ease is executed by first driving a vehicle from the Bridger Canyon Road (Hwy 86) Westward to the Fairy Lake Trailhead/campground. Paying attention to the signage in the area look for the hiker parking lot where a well-maintained trail which switchbacks Westward up a drainage gaining a saddle on the Bridger Range ridgeline. Upon reaching the saddle a lefthand (Southward) turn will lead to the summit of Sacagawea Peak and a righthand (Northward) turn will lead to two unnamed summits (Point 9562 and Point 9394) followed by Hardscrabble.

Corbly Gulch

Access to Hardscrabble Peak is also possible from the West side of the Bridger Range via the Corbly Gulch trailhead. From Springhill Road drive East one mile on Corbly Gulch Road. Depending on the type of vehicle you are driving you can then proceed another two to four miles on this jeep trail. The trail to the Sacagawea/Unnamed saddle is steep and requires some deep stream fords. The hike from this side to the summit of Hardscrabble is about four or five miles as opposed to the two and a half mile walk from the Fairly Lake access.

Camping near Hardscrabble Peak

Fairy Lake USFS Campground

The Fairly Lake campground located at the trailhead is the closest camping to this area. It is well-maintained and gets heavy use from people in the Bozeman area. It offers basic USFS campground facilities.

Battle Ridge USFS Campground

There is also the Battle Ridge Forest Service campground located in the valley near the Bridger Canyon Road (slightly North of the turn off to Fairy Lake). It is well-maintained and gets heavy use from people in the Bozeman area. It offers basic USFS campground facilities.

Backcountry Camping

Options for backcountry camping in the Bridger Range are limited due to a lack of convenient water sources along the ridge.

Video Trip Report on Hardscrabble Peak

Corbly Gulch Trip Report

The video below is a trip report based on accessing the peak from the Corbly Gulch trailhead from Youtube user Avocetx.


The Sacagawea-Hardscrabble Saddle
The Sacagawea-Hardscrabble Saddle

Approach to Hardscrabble
Approach to Hardscrabble

Fairy Lake Routes
Fairy Lake Routes

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Clubbox42 - Oct 29, 2016 4:49 pm - Hasn't voted


The lat./long. for this one puts it somewhere in the flats of far northwestern Kazakhstan. I think that might be a little off.


samh - Oct 30, 2016 5:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Lat./Long.

Yep, that was DEFINITELY NOT the location. Fixed it up, thanks for noticing.


Clubbox42 - Nov 2, 2016 1:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Lat./Long.

No problem.

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