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.
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!?
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!!!
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.
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.
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...
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.
2012 - Long approach on the westside with A peak
Great climb (except for the grass). Can't wait to explore more in the Cabinets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May conditions. Road clear to trailhead. Steep/Deep snow. Cornices. Routefinding. Lots of fun. Conditions made for a big mountain experience.
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.
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 email@example.com
Nice work. Yeah, that bear grass coming down was just torture!
Snow on our route made an ice axe and crampons necessary. Perfect weather.
Fun climb with Duane and Grant, but doing it from the car was pretty challenging for this old guy. Great area with gorgeous scenery!