Northwest Ridge

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Montana, United States, North America
Route Type:
Easy scrambling
Time Required:
Half a day
Class 2 in summer

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Northwest Ridge
Created On: May 22, 2004
Last Edited On: May 22, 2004


From Emigrant, turn west at the main intersection onto Murphy Lane until you reach East River Road. Turn right and follow East River Road (540) until you reach Sixmile Creek road which is marked with a brown forest service sign that points you in the direction of Dailey Lake and Sixmile Creek. Follow this gravel road for about 4 miles until you reach a small fenced in parking lot which serves as the winter access point. During the summer months, travel through the gate and into the Sixmile creek drainage. Follow this road for about a mile and turn left off on an obscure single track dirt road that leads directly to the Gold Prize Creek trailhead.

Route Description

From the Gold Prize trail head follow an old road east for ¾ mile and head north up an obvious washed-out gully. Follow the gully which is initially quite steep, but eventually flattens out into a grassy trail, for about a mile to the northeast where the route again meets an old road. Travel east down the road briefly to one of two gully’s that lead to point 7,561’, or the bottom of an immense and gradually sloping meadow. In that meadow you will find a fence line intended to keep livestock out of the valley to the east. Following this fence line will bring you to the top of the meadow and into a sparse stand of trees which will naturally lead you to the northwest ridge. Be careful not to drop into the valley to the north of the ridge as you climb through the trees. Above tree line the climbing begins with areas of loose talus and scree. Simply follow the ridge to the summit. This is easy, enjoyable scrambling in the summer. Very near the summit there exists a bit of exposure on either side that is accentuated in the winter and spring with the presence of cornices.

Essential Gear

In the summer simply be prepared for a day in the Rockies. No special equiptment is necessary.

In the winter bring an ice axe. Crampons would be advisable but not totally necessary

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