On the way to ride the “Great One” we touched the top. Beautiful day, the middle of the Great One was not connected, but classic turns anyway. The trip was done with Mark V. and Blake, bless his family.
Climbed this in 1996 and again in 1997 with a group of InterVarsity students from MSU. Several of us descended the scree gully to the north of the summit. We did the trail from Fairy Lake.
View somewhat obscured by smoke from nearby fires. My first summit since moving to Bozeman. The first of many.
Climbed it in 2005. Although it is the highest peak in the range, there isn't much elevation gain from the trail head near Fairy Lake.
Saw a marmot on the hike up which was neat.
I don't remember if that was the exact date, I just know it was June 2006. There was still snow in the bowl, so we got to glissade down, which proved to be fun, if a little frightening, as I picked up a LOT of speed. I can't wait to climb it again this year, as well as Hardscrabble!
Started off clear. About halfway up the bowl, we noticed that we were above the clouds in the valley. Those clouds started blowing our way. We were almost to the top of the bowl, when we sat down to watch the clouds blow in to us. No thunder, so we proceeded to the summit. Visibility was 50 feet at the most. Made summit and hung around for about 30 minutes, hoping for clouds to break. No luck. Had summit to ourselves for most of the time. Clouds let up once we hit the saddle on the way down. Got to just sneak a peek at the valley below. Great day. Will do again, next time I'm out that way.
Probably the loudest thunder claps I've ever heard as I waited halfway up the bowl for a 30 minute thunderstorm to pass. It was only 9am in the morning. So much for the "alpine start".
An amazing start to spring! Snowshoed all the way to the top, we were breaking trail after ski tracks turned around after just two miles. Found stable snow conditions, wished we had our skis, no evidence of traffic in quite some time. I'd take this route over fairy lake any day.
Fun quick hike, with great views of the valley. One of the few things I remember from my days at MSU.
Calm winds, mild temperatures, mountain goats.
Climbed this five times this year, with progressivly better times to the summit, best was 42min 50sec, and 21 min down. Fun peak and fits well into your schedule. What's the best time here, on the ridge run I thin they are about 32 min, anyone know?
A nice trail to the summit. A steady ascent but not too steep. Still patches of snow around this late in the season.
Fond memories of MSU field trips. Ski the Great One, long live Greg Stump.
Climbed in 40 mph winds with my dad, cloudy started to rain on the way down
2 1/2 hours up, 1/2 hour down, Great little outting if you only have a short time.
The Jewel of the Bridgers!
Left trailhead at about 2 in the afternoon. Powerhiked to the top in about 45 minutes. I then came down a scree/talus slope and joined up with the trail in the bottom of the bowl. Good afternoon hike with an interesting view.
I've run this thing five times now, two training and three during the start of the Bridger Ridge Run. We skied the great one couloir on July 2, 2006. Great snow late season. It is a beautiful summit and a key highpoint in the views from Bozeman.
After a blistering August, it was a cool, brisk day. Did both Sacagawea and Hardscrabble. Strangest sight of the day - saw a bear scampering past the trailhead in a hurry. A couple minutes later - saw a couple of large range cattle on his tail. I can't explain it, I just report it.
Beautiful views of the Valley, the Crazies, the Spanish Peaks, the Gallatins, the Absarokas, and the Tobacco Roots. A fun peak to climb, whether for itself or as part of the Bridger Ridge Run.
Lots of goats up here, always seem to see one or two hanging out.