Locked my keys in the car at 4 AM at the Glacier Lake trailhead. Luckily my friend Curt let me drive his car back to Billings to get my spare keys. Started hiking at 8:30 AM and it took me about 8 hours round trip.
Base camped at the inlet of Glacier Lake. Climbed up to the plateau just above Goat and Sheep Lakes. From there it was an easy talus hike to the summit. Followed up by dropping down and then bagging Forget Me Not Mountain. Saw a big group of mountain goats on the summit of FMNM. Total time from camp to both summits and back to camp was 5.5 hours. 12'er # 14/26 complete!
From the pass between Albino Lake and Jasper Lake, then east and up valley west of Spirit summit. Mostly easy scramble. Great view of the Bears Tooth.
Lightning likes Spirit Mtn and the sister peak to the NW.
Quick climb via south slope snow field. Avoiding the cornice at the top meant crossing some of the loosest crap I've encountered.
Climbed the south slopes snowfield via Moon Lake and traversed to 12er #8/26 by heading over to Forget Me Not Mountain
The long, undulating walk from the pass is a decent way to get to this peak, with no real complications if the weather holds. The most memorable part of our trek was the unwise attempt to camp on the ridge crest at the last pass before Spirit. This led to a blown-away tent and awfully uncomfortable bivvy ...
Lead by a Forestry Service friend on a cross-country day hike to the Beartooth Plateau. Approached from the Southwest, ate lunch on the shoulder of Lonesome Mountain, hoofed it over to Spirit Mountain for the view of Beartooth Peak... BEAUTIFUL.
Hands down, the best single day of hiking I did all season while being employed in Yellowstone. A far cry from the crowded summits of YNP. I am grateful for the experience.
Walked up from Jasper lake. Took longer than we thought it would - that plateau is Long....miles long! Ascended the slopes of 12,115 and crossed over to Spirit. Killer waterfall in the drainage between Spirit and 12,115. Saw many goats.
Was there with b., great day on top-quality beartooth rock. Good exposure, decent gear, and no other parties were highlights of this alpine adventure.
Climbed the Lunar Arete (III 5.7, about 12 pitches) and it felt long and strenuous for the grade. Some of the best rock I've climbed in the beartooths, especially up high. Not a route for the faint of heart, really. I was very happy that the summit was on the way to the descent! 17 hours car to car.
From my camp at Frosty Lake, I tried to contour around and reach the summit plateau, but steep snow and being solo persuaded me to instead decend 1,000' to Goat and Sheep Lakes then climb up the west side of the vally to the plateau. From there an easy walk up to the summit. What a spectacular mountain!
Good day out. Lost a glove by the lake and amazingly found it two weeks later.
Ascended Drop Off Mountain then walked over to Spirit from camp at Albino Lake with friends Ty and Ben. Climbing either of these peaks from the west is a simple, straightforward matter, and an easy way to get great views of the Eastern Beartooths. The flatness of the summits and gentle nature of the west-side slopes tends to disguise the fact that these are truly HUGE peaks.