Climbed from camp at upper Aero Lake. We were able to hike on snow to the saddle between the two Villard peaks. I was a little sketched out traversing the narrow ridge of snow at the top between the two summits, but all went well.
Camped on Rough Lake, hiked over saddle to Upper Aero Lake, then scrambled up steep talus and scree to saddle between east and west summits. Lots of loose rock, decomposing granite. Crossed remains of snow cornice between saddle and east summit. Fantastic views in all directions.
On the way from the lake to Mt Villard summit a good sized boulder came bounding down from the Villard Spires. I was only minutes past the area where the boulder exploded into pieces. Decided then to not try the Spires. Another good day.
Photos posted are from several hikes into the area.
My smokiest day ever in the Beartooths. Mt Wood and Hague were not visible from the summit.
Did this awesome scramble on our way around to do the full Granite Peaks Traverse. Fun and exposed Class 4 terrain.
Hiked into Lower Aero Lake and based there. Then summited via a random cross counrty route to the base and its SW slopes. Great hike even though we had not so good weather.
Beautiful day and a wonderful mountain. Awesome views of the entire Beartooth range and specifically Granite Peak.
Started from Upper Aero Lake, summited Glacier and worked our way along the ridge to Hidden and Villard. Great day, fantastic area. Descended the SE slopes.
Returned to Villard over Labor Day weekend 2005 to explore the area again an enjoy the excellent fishing. Ascent via SE ridge of hidden with a traverse to Villard was easier than the previous attempt via W ridge of Hidden. What a great area!
Did this on a scouting trip and made a couple wrong turns coming up from Avalanche Lake. Pass "Little Rum Doodle" Spire on the left side to Storm Lakes, then to the saddle, traverse to the snow then on to the left and the summit is a big rock pile with a tiny cairn. Takes about 4-5 hours up.