Started the day with my dog (Allie) at the 2wd TH. We actually cut up through "Marble-Park' (See USGS Topo Maps). Pretty painless bush-waking to the South plateau. The summit is also fairly painless. NOTE: if you've put in the effort to make it to the summit, consider walking the ridge over and summiting Deerlodge mt. The ridge is epic and the views looking back at Mt. Powell and "The Crater" are unbelievable (best part of the hike really). If you do walk the ridge and decided to summit Deerlodge you have two options: 1) make it a loop (from what I hear its about 14 miles in total and some gnarly bush-waking), or 2) make it an in-and-out.... Trust me, you want to do it as an in-and-out... It's about 7.5 miles to summit of Deerlodge so in total its only a mile longer than the loop option and if you do it as in in-and-out YOU GET TO WALK THE RIGDE AGAIN!!! With Mt. Powell and 'The Crater' in site the whole way back to the S. plateau.
A friend and I approached Mount Powell from the State Prison Road/Dempsey Creek FS Road as described on this page. Once we arrived at the 2WD trailhead, my Tacoma was able to continue onward all the way to Bohn Lake. I feel that Summitpost readers should take note that the road is getting much more narrow and the boulders along this road (beyond the 2WD trailhead) are large! This section is now mostly used by ATV/UTV riders and an occasional Jeep or other high-clearance, small wheelbase vehicle. Anyway, we stopped driving at Bohn Lake and began our walk along the road. We chose to leave the road at 46.321999, -112.972283. We then ascended a steep, tree-covered bowl which takes you to the long, south-stretching scree field on the South face of Powell. From the scree field on up to the summit, it's a lovely ridge walk which includes a broad plateau covered in wildflowers and cushion plants just before the final summit push. Enjoy!
Started from the "2WD TH". The road beyond that is very rough and only suited for ATV's. Enjoyable hike up the road to where I branched off and made my way to the top. From the road I headed north up a drainage before gaining a ridge that lead up to a plateau south of the summit. Everything opens up from there and it is an easy 1000' to the top. Great views of The Crater and out towards Deer Lodge Mountain from the summit. The day before on 7/6 I did Mount Edith.
Spot on directions up Mount Powell. On my decent I made the mistake of following too close to the drainage which was a pain because of the thick brush, but overall a great hike.
A pleasant hike, especially after you get onto the plateau. Neat views of the many surrounding mountain lakes and the Anaconda smelter.
I took the northern route on this one up Tincup Joe Creek, I think? The road up Elk Ridge to the trailhead is not marked, but pretty easy to find with a map. Probably want a truck to get up the road, but it is pretty scenic up on the open meadows of the ridge. The trail up to Martin Lake is in great shape, easy and pleasant, with great views as well. Also walked the crater rim to Deer Lodge Mountain and that is excellent! I would now like to do the Dempsey route and catch some fish up at those lakes, too! Seems like maybe the Dempsey route is used most often from what I hear, but I definitely recommend the northern route as an alternative.