Amazing hike from route up TR.222 from Avalanche Lake. Coming back up the 10,400 ft ridge from Hilgard Basin proved to be a bit more difficult than anticipated (especially after summiting this beast), but it was all sooo worth it. A very remote area, but we coincidentally ran into another hiker who summited within 10 minutes of us. Not sure how to 'class' any of the moves toward the top other than 'probably should have at least brought a rope'. Overall, a difficult ~18 mile day, and we did find an alternative route than is described on the main page that was more north of the traditional route.
Climbed this via Avalanche Lake. A massive snow year led to all snow past about 8500 feet (aka glorious traveling in the high country). It was a super fun climb and would recommend going while there is snow cover to avoid miles of boulders and scree.
My friend James and I departed Bozeman around 11 am, took the Beaver Creek 222 trail and camped near a pond at treeline Just below the notch which separates the 2 basins around 8:30 PM. Next day we left camp late around 9 am and ultimately climbed via the east ridge. But had but much trouble finding the proper route. Finally found it. The 3 or 4 moves traversing over the gully was indeed a bit scary due to exposure. But, the 5.2 slab traverse was much easier than I had anticipated. Do plenty of hand tapping as there are a few loose rocks.
Trying to be a weekend warrior meant attempting the hike in after a regular work day on a Friday night. Trying to triangulate peaks via headlamp after having lost the trail in snow was not a good start. Camped at the lake. Hiked up the bowl over Avalanche Lake and hike 5 lesser 10K peaks the next AM, saw Hilgard, but was too far away from the summit (hiked up the wrong side of the bowl) by the time we realized it. Pinnacles look intimidating and next effort will be done with more safety gear
Fantastic day in the mountains, no one but us out there. Some scary moments up high, but well worth it for the view from the top.
What a great mountain! Exciting scrambling with gutwrenching exposure on the traverse just below the summit. This mountain is very remote - from any direction, it is one of the roughest approaches in MT.
Attempt on E Ridge from Avalanche Lake. Returned home with nothing more to brag about than respect from two hunters for having had spent several nights in brutal conditions.