Perfect day to climb the mountain, my dog and I started fairly early to beat the heat. We ran into the goat at the bottom of the rocks and followed it all the way to the top. No fires around yet and clear weather so it was an awesome view in all directions. Glad old Packer was on the leash, he tried to jump out on the edge of the cornice! He's still hasn't learned the physics of that yet.
I did this one on my way to Glacier National Park. I started late in the day after driving nine hours from Portland. Saw a moose on the way to the TH. I made it to the top in time to see a nice sunset and views which were partially obstructed by multiple wildfires. The goats were also neat to see.
I solo-climbed this fabulous mountain after an 11-year absence. The views were spectacular on this cool, September day. Near the summit, I spotted 3 Mountain Goats about 150 yards distant. After I had spent 45 minutes on the summit, one of the goats (a large male) followed my path and joined me on the summit! He was only 10 feet away! I feel fortunate to have witnessed three of Nature's magnificant wild creates in such a special setting.
Since I'm 49 years old (in OK hiking shape), it took me 3-1/2 hours to climb up and 1-3/4 hours to get down. I highly recommend bringing trekking poles and a gallon of water. Once past the treeline, keep quiet and look around on the ridges for the Scotchman Peak goats!
I saw fresh bear tracks in the parking mud-bath (very rainy for several days before) when I arrived. Only two other people on the trail up higher. Low visibility once I reached around 6000 feet, then I saw a local goat. Very cool. The clouds broke for moments while I was on top. Heavenly views!
My first Idaho summit! Very nice area, with a good view to the east of the Montana Cabinets (with lots of snow on them from the recent storm that signaled the beginning of--hopefully--Indian Summer). Especially enjoyed this one because climbed with Fred Spicker on his first outing after major shoulder surgery had him sidelined all summer. After months of physical therapy and no climbing: what a wonderful feeling it must be to get out!
Not much wildlife this trip, though, just Fred and the mountain goat.
Sunny and hot with a cool breeze at the summit. Didn't see any goats or bears.
Always a great hike up to the peak. Went for this one to nab a TerraCache (terracaching.com) that rests near the summit. No goats today, but they have been very freindly in the past. I've also climbed Scotchman 2 in the recent past and considering adding the peak to our list.
With Phoebe Duke.
We purposely picked a partially coudy, cool day and got our wish. Clouds high enough to not obstruct the great views, but not stiflingly hot on the hike. However, it was very windy and cold on the summit. Several other hikers who were wearing only shorts and tank tops and carrying almost nothing else did not make the summit. I think many underestimate the climate change that can happen between 3300 and 7000 feet!
I didn't believe the route description about how fast one can ascend 3700 feet, but without trying we were on the summit 2h40m from the car. Took it slow going down - 5 hour car to car total with some longer break stops to soak up some sun and the views.
This is a good time to do this hike - the flowers are in bloom and add to the beauty of the area.
I day-hiked this trail alone one Saturday, and must say that it's a "ball-buster." The trail climbs mercilessly upwards from the start. I passed a meadow full of huckleberries, but there were no bears in sight (luckily). I passed two hikers on the way up, and saw a dad with his young son struggling to make it to the summit.
This hike is not for kids. The views are spectacular, but if you fall off the sharp dropoff north of the summit, you're done for.
I hope to climb this again before I get too old.
As Dean stated in the trip report, I saw a black bear about 10 minutes into the hike. The area was hazy from some Washington forest fires and the summit goat was not to be found, but otherwise it was a good day. Each of the 5 people I saw on the trail were either packing a gun or bear spray.
See Dean's entry below. Great hike, but the views would have been much better without the clouds.
The trailhead was snowed in about 1 mile from the end. Soloed this route in approximately 12.5 hours car to car in deep powdery snow conditions with snowshoes. Took a look at the West Face on the way up. Looks like a really nice steep winter mixed climb. A nice view of the lake to the south from the top. Good times.
While talking with two gals on top, I had my back turned to my open backpack sitting on the ground some distance behind me. Turned around to see the one horned summit goat inching toward my pack with my food in it. Goat get away from my food! The goat was quite annoyed with me for forcing it to retreat.
Great views of Pend O'Reille Lake and the Montana Cabinets from the summit. The summit goat was in residence.
Bob Bolton and I climbed (hiked) this neat peak in rainy and foggy conditions. The trail is a steep one but enjoyable although I know I'll have to return on a day when the weather is better and there are better views than what we were able to see. We stumbled onto a geocache but neither Bob nor I are really sure what that hobby is all about but we were curious enough to look and see although we didn't sign. The logbook had several signaures/entries but wasn't being to be used for a summit register. I've got to investigate and learn more about it. Its a great hike. Watch out for the old goat up there (my buddy Bob of course). Heh heh.