Fun ski down the W Gully in corn. We were able to ski all the way to the trailhead. Be mindful of cornices on the summit and the area is very Grizzly Bear dense - bear spray is essential.
The beauty of this peak and the majesty of it all made this a fine hike. The improved trail really eases the difficulty of the climb. There were two preteen boys along with their father on the summit along with myself.
Not sure which route I took as I was with my brother who lives in the area and I just followed him. We got his 6 year old son to the top, but it took us 11 hours round trip to do it! His 10 year old son and his friend did it too. Quite a drop from the top.
Did the loop, got caught in some clouds at the peak, but they blew away. Great views! Also saw what must have been a sight-seeing plane flying below us in the Indian Creek Valley. I prefer the Bear Creek trail over the Middle Fork trail. Middle Fork is to the north of the Helmet. I remember going thru mud most of the way, and crossing the creek 7-8 times with only 1-2 of those crossings that kept my feet dry.
Long hot day in a low snow year, but saw a couple goats on the way up. Amazing views despite the haze from fires.
Very fun day out with Jayme. The west gully had decent snow but the snowfield covering the upper part of the peak was great. Dodged snow and rain but had sun on the summit.
Climbed on a beautiful September day in 2010. After reading Thomas Turiano's description of the route I was expecting some excitement on the way up but there was none to be found. It was a beautiful climb nonetheless!
Great solo climb. Went up the Bear Creek side and down the middle fork. LOTS of bear tracks on the middle fork side.
The loop hike up and over Helmet Saddle and down the other side - including an ascent of Sphinx Mountain - is one of the greatest possible day hikes known to mankind.
From the views of the Madison Valley, to the saddle connected to the Helmet, this hike was all smiles. Good hiking buddy, fun snowfield to cross at the top ... weather was stellar. Knife edge southern exposure towards top was sketchy but fun
1st time in the Madisons and in any mountains in Montana. Montana is a cool place.
Last good weekend of 2010. Beautiful day, could see as far as the Tetons to the south and Pilot Peak to the east.
Climbed and skied the west face. It's a sad day when the best turns are wind-blasted ice...
Epic day without many clouds. One of the most memorable scrambles from this past summer.
Great snow climb, went up the gully and ridge just South of it to the summit ridge, then down to Helmet saddle and out. Saw a griz in the lower meadow.
The first peak that I ever tagged. While in the gully, a small runoff creek slowly formed as we hiked, which was apparently a daily routine. Such a neat occurence and a really beautiful hike.
What a great summit. Gain the saddle on a Friday night, camp out. Wake up, make some coffee, summit an hour or two later, leave, hike out the loop down Bear Creek and be home in the evening. Views are great, summit is nice. Get out there and bag it!
This was a nice hike to the top. Nothing too difficult, but worth the effort. We camped at the saddle and had a gorgeous view of the stars and the night sky.
My buddy Dave and I climbed the peak via the northwest ridge. A good hike, summited in about four hours with whiteout conditions. The whiteout gave it a very surreal feeling.