Climbed the ridge from Sawtell with my dog late one evening after driving from helena after work. Good warm-up for the days to come!
My second attempt at climbing Mount Jefferson in early May after snowmobile season (aesthetic killer) from the North/Duck Creek Drainage. 2016 was my first attempt and I fell short when the snow in the upper cirque felt too unstable and prone to wet slides. This attempt had much better snow conditions and more snow than 2016 allowing me to skin much sooner. I made it to the West summit and was traversing to the true (East) summit but was confronted with a steep wall of rock and snow on the summit ridge that would have been dicey without crampons and axes so I stopped 60 vertical feet short of the true summit. I skied some great corn especially from the steep West summit in the upper cirque. GPS measured 10 miles round trip traveled and 3300 vertical feet of climbing to the West Summit. Video can be found on my YT channel "PowderRock60" https://youtu.be/cJcrtskKlRY
Nice hike a good views. Crux was finding a campsite in the dark after midnight the night before. Final adventure of an 8 day climbing road trip. Trip Report
Climbed with my wife from Sawtelle Road. Wind about blew us over, but we made it. Oddly, the summit wasn't quite as windy.
Hiked from the Sawtell Road TH. Beautiful hike through the meadows and wild flowers. Once gaining the ridge it is a pretty cool thing to know you are hiking in Montana and Idaho at the same time. Really enjoyed this hike.
First hiked up Red Rock Mountain from Red Rock Pass and then crossed the basin and went up to the east ridge. It was very scenic for most of the route, which was mostly pleasant walking on grass. This mountain makes for a fun hike with excellent views.
Living in Island Park, Idaho this mountain is a natural destination for a hiker. The trail to access this area is easy and the views of this entire region are practically unparalleled. Just carry bear spray and make plenty of noise because grizzlies are known to frequent this area!
Solo. Easy hike. Wonderful weather.
With Dave, Michelle and Dillon. Easy short hike. Great day.
Awesome day with mfox79. Lots of snow still left so we were on snowshoes from car to car. The day was incredibly windy which probably never dropped below 30 mph. Wind at the top were probably in the 60-70 mph range. It was difficult to walk and our jackets were noisily flapping like flags. The blowing snow was quite abrasive as well. Regardless, it was still an awesome adventure with an awesome view!
Climbed this with Mtybmpo on a trail free 4' snow depth day. there was everything from firm perfect snow to 70mph winds to fresh bear tracks and many incredible views to be had. this was a tough 4 mile slog in to be sure, not regretted though. but there was no summit register to be found, it might have blown away in the wind though. some of the best country I have seen in a while
From the description I expected this to be much easier then it turned out to be. Once you leave the Sawtelle Mountain Road, it is about 4.5 miles to the summit, across 30% grades with unstable footing and no trails to speak of.
Great views, cold on top. Make sure to sign the register!
Also hiked from the Sawtell Rd. Would like to go back in the winter or spring for some snowboarding. It was a fun day with lots of laughs, thanks Alex!
Hiked from the trailhead on the Sawtell Mt. road. About an 9 to 10 mile round trip, but not a lot of vertical. A very scenic, not too difficult day.