South Ridge - Chaffin High Lakes Climber's Log

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missoula - Aug 23, 2020 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Aug 22, 2020

tagged all 3  Sucess!

Camped at high lakes for two nights. Connected all three peaks of the ridge. Looked at the Tusk in awe. Beautiful place.


Sophia - Jun 22, 2015 11:17 am Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2015

Fun Scramble

Camped at Chaffin Lake, then instead of losing elevation to hike back down to Hart Lake to follow this route, chose a higher elevation line to wrap around the ridge from Chaffin Lake and well above Tamarack and Hart Lakes. The scrambling was a little exposed, but much more fun than just bushwacking up through the trees from Hart Lake, we had the added benefit of camping near a huge waterfall spilling from the high lakes into Chaffin Lake. Thunderstorms forced us off the ridge around 500 feet below the summit. Will definitely be back soon to try again!

Idaho Jones - Jul 31, 2013 10:48 am

Good Info

Is the descent from the ridge to the Tin Cup Creek drainage about the same difficulty?

From the description, once you got on the ridge you could continue west and end up near Tin Cup Lake.

I am interested in doing this because I want to see the Chaffin area and then the Tin Cup area. This way I would go down the Tin Cup Creek trail instead of up since it is a longer hike back to the trailhead. e-mail if you like -

I am going next week!

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - Oct 14, 2007 10:45 pm Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2007

Perfect  Sucess!

Did the "short" variation of this route on the ascent, then descended past the Chaffin High Lakes. What a perfect place to camp.

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