Snowshoe Peak Climber's Log

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seano - Jun 27, 2017 4:27 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2017

South ridge  Sucess!

Turns out the Snowshoe Mine and Snowshoe Lakes trail are not a good place to start. There was some interesting scrambling on part of the ridge, but it was long and tiresome enough that I returned via Leigh Lake, which also involved a surprisingly rough bushwhack. Trip report.

Young Royce

Young Royce - Apr 29, 2017 11:22 pm

Stormy day

Weather didn't permit us to get passed Bockman Peak Summit. Anyone know why that isn't it's own page? I believe it's 3rd highest in the Cabinets!?


Tk121620 - Oct 4, 2016 11:12 pm Date Climbed: Oct 2, 2016

Epic summit day  Sucess!

Summited at 12:30MST. Done in a day, this climb is a real challenge! Navigated up dense beargrass and talus up the northeast ridge. Once you navigate the ridge around Blackwell glacier and come to the transition between the NE ridge and summit ridge the real climbing begins. At the upper reach of the glacier you have to traverse left across a very exposed ledge with an endless drop below. Basically u can traverse as the ledge gets sketchier into the unknown around a rock face or u can start climbing a 25 ft vertical pitch in a tight couloir to gain the summit ridge. I believe this section could be considered low class 5 even with very good holds but don't screw up. The slog up the left side of the final summit ridge is cake, but depending how comfortable u are down climbing, u may have to set up a short rappel coming back down to the NE ridge. Overall, an incredible scramble/climb from Leigh lake. U will see goats!!!


Peaker - Aug 9, 2016 9:58 am Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2016

Redemption  Sucess!

Successfully summited following the south slope route described in "Peakbagging Montana." The final 3000 feet up the south slope was definitely a slog but the route felt about equal in difficulty to the Snowshoe Lake Route.


Peaker - Jul 20, 2016 12:05 am Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2016

Wet Rock

Made it up to roughly 7,450 feet on the Snowshoe Lake Route, but just before the end of the slab section the rock ended up being completely covered in trickling snowmelt. It was surprising how slippery the rock was. Climbing the snow to the right of the slabs was considered but no one in our party was equipped to travel up it safely.

For a second attempt I'll probably try an alternative west side route via the Middle Fork Bull River.


Adriana - Oct 28, 2015 6:23 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012

Snowshoe Peak  Sucess!

One of the most epicly cool peaks I've done! Camped at Leigh Lake and headed up from there. Ran into a couple guys from Idaho headed up as well, it turned into a friendly competition between Montanans and Idahoans, we had a blast! Have to say the bear grass was misery though...


scgrant - Oct 22, 2015 5:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2015

Snowshoe Peak  Sucess!

Leigh Lake approach and Northeast Ridge. Ridge scrambling was a blast and the remnants of the Blackwell Glacier provided a challenge without crampons. Awesome hike. After gaining the summit I left my party and hauled down the mountain as I still had a long, long drive back to Salt Lake ahead of me. Whirlwind two days of hiking, driving, and camping.

Brian Kalet

Brian Kalet - Aug 26, 2015 8:28 pm Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2015

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

Bear grass...


GlacierDan - Apr 17, 2013 2:31 pm

Snowshoe  Sucess!

2012 - Long approach on the westside with A peak


lloyd - Oct 3, 2011 10:49 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Great climb (except for the grass). Can't wait to explore more in the Cabinets.

Vic Hanson

Vic Hanson - Aug 27, 2011 1:53 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Great views!  Sucess!

Had a great climb today with Smiley via Leigh Lake, a nice fun scramble once you reach the ridge, not that difficult if you are used to climbing on rocks. We did go on the snow some, using just an ice ax, no crampons. Saw a bunch of mtn. goats, they were not afraid of us at all so got some good pics.


DustinOlano - Sep 10, 2010 2:48 pm Date Climbed: Sep 7, 2010

Snowshoe Lake to Peak  Sucess!

Did Snowshoe 8/7/10 and A Peak 8/8/10. Great morning weather then about half way up the rain and wind came. As we approched the top it started to snow. Visabliliy was not an issue and as we reached the top the wind got a lot worse and only stayed for 15 min. Started back down and the weather got alot better so we went back up after about 15 min or so of climbing down. Got back up and stayed a while and watched the storm roll away. Awsome day and thanks Mother Nature for the break up in the weather.


ericnoel - Sep 6, 2010 4:01 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2010

Snowshoe  Sucess!

This one turned out to be easier than expected. With good route-finding there really is no serious scrambling to be done. It's a long way in though and with the rain that Dennis mentioned it made for a long trip out down slippery slabs and through the wet brush.

Dennis Poulin

Dennis Poulin - Aug 24, 2010 11:23 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2010

via Showshoe Lake  Sucess!

Nice hike on the west side via Snowshoe Lake. Rained on us after summitting. It made for a long hike out. Hiked with Eric and Ken.


pu - May 14, 2010 10:38 am Date Climbed: May 13, 2010

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

May conditions. Road clear to trailhead. Steep/Deep snow. Cornices. Routefinding. Lots of fun. Conditions made for a big mountain experience.


DustinOlano - May 9, 2009 6:45 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2008

snowshoe is awsome  Sucess!

went up the gully on the right from snowshoe lake and had to sharpen stickes and use them as ice axes because of the amount of snow. stupid but rewarding. came down a different way that was much easier. it was more to the right of the gully were there was no snow dah. cant wait to go back to the cabinets. next is A peak from granite lake.


spotly - Nov 12, 2008 7:38 pm

Re: Northeast Ridge

Nice work. Yeah, that bear grass coming down was just torture!

NAK - Aug 24, 2008 12:12 am Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2008

Northeast Ridge  Sucess!

Had a great trip via Leigh Lake and found the down climbing almost as slow as up. 4.5 hrs up and 3.5 hrs down which attests to the need for careful route finding and loose rock/slick grass. I think my glasses fell out of my lid right at the summit, so if you find them, black case/male prescription glasses w bronze frames, could you email me at


Jakester - Jul 28, 2008 7:43 pm Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008

Again From Snowshoe Lake  Sucess!

Snow on our route made an ice axe and crampons necessary. Perfect weather.

Bob Bolton

Bob Bolton - Aug 21, 2007 9:40 pm Date Climbed: Aug 6, 2007

NE Ridge  Sucess!

Fun climb with Duane and Grant, but doing it from the car was pretty challenging for this old guy. Great area with gorgeous scenery!

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