Skied this with my buddy. Longer approach in the winter. Once we got to the pass we used spikes and axe for the "scramble". Considered trying to go for the summit just to tag from the top of the couloir, but once we got up to the false summit it was apparent that we would need to sink more effort then we were willing to give to get up there.
Jocelyn and I started at Lower Brackett Ck. TH on the west side of 86. Rode bikes to about a mile below Ross Pass. Locked them up and hiked the rest of the way, up the south face. Challenging scramble, especially coming dow. Hardest hike in the Bridgers, but beautiful. Unfortunately, a bit smoky today so the views were slightly limited.
Fun scramble in the clouds.
I hiked from a friends house off springhill rd. We took corbly gulch to get to the peak. A little exhausting but we made it and that's what its all about!
Great climb. We drove to the Middle Brackett trailhead without needing 4WD, just a little clearance. Most fun scramble I've come across in the Bridgers! After a super hazy day yesterday, we were lucky the winds changed and blew all the smoke out for some great views.
Have you done Ross peak this winter?
My dog had trouble but he made it! Fantastic day and rewarding views.
I finally got a chance to hike Ross Peak, and not a day too soon because today (9-30-09) it is a blizzard outside. Thankfully I was ready for the wind when I got up to Ross Pass, but that was the only downside of the hike. This is probably my new favorite hike in the Bridgers, such a fun scramble to the top. I was and still am awestruck by the incredible rock formations on Ross Peak and the west side of Ross Pass.
It was Liz' birthday today and she's been wanting to summit Ross so four of us grabbed our mountain bikes and rode to the pass. Locked up the bikes, changed into trail runners and summited the peak. On the descent we took the Northern trail along Brackett for a change of pace. Fun riding and great climbing. It was also cool looking through the summit register to see who'd summitted since I was last up there a couple days over a year previous.
Started down on 86 and rode my bike up to the pass. Beautiful day. A little over 2 hours up and less than an hour down. I suck at mountain biking but it was really fun and not too scary. We are very lucky to have such cool and beautiful areas so close to town.
Hiked up East Face, great peak.
I recently moved back to the mountains of Montana from Minnesota. Having lived up in Whitefish and West Glacier for long enough to get it in my blood it was hard to move to the Midwest. Now I call Bozeman home and having been here two weeks it was time to bag a local peak. I did lots of homework on Summit Post and noticed all the good pages for peaks around here. I thought my virgin peak should be a virgin page on Summit Post as well so I got out the topo maps and prepared myself for the craggy knob located in the middle of the Bridger Range.
I opted for an approach along a Forest Service road starting at Brackett Creek. One with a 4x4 could basically drive all the way up to Ross Pass but I opted to park and walk. I had camping gear with me in the event I felt like staying up high for the evening. Temps were in the mid 80s F and the sun was ablazin'. I made the pass in good time and chatted with a couple other folks along the way. I had only a small amount of beta for making the summit from the pass but upon arriving at the pass a relatively obvious use trail was present.
The use trail proceeds straight up next to a fin of rock and is easy to follow all the way to the summit so long as you watch for it and a small set of cairns. It's a steep climb with only one short section of class 3 that I had to pass over.
Summiting is exciting as the route I took near the top included a six or ten foot wide knife edge with massive exposure off to the Northeast. Once atop the peak there are number of short arms that you can walk out and get great views of the rest of the range, Ross Pass below as well as the fields of Bozeman. A summit register is also present located in an orange-painted ammo box. It has entries back to 2005.
I left the summit with the intention of following the ridge north to Sacagawea and then dropping down to the National Recreation Trail that walks below the ridge on the West side but I quickly encountered serious exposure and very windy conditions that got ahold of me and turned me around. Instead I re-summited and simply headed back down into the valley at a leisurely pace.
I have climbed no other peaks in the Bridger Range but just looking at them from a distance I feel as though Ross is the most exciting (others having signed the summit register felt this way as well). I scoped some very sick looking couloirs that may need to feel the edge of my snowboard in the coming winters so I'll probably make another trip to the top of this fine peak.