Trapper Peak Spring Skiing

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Trip Report
Location:
Montana, United States, North America
Date Climbed/Hiked:
Apr 14, 2007
Activities:
Mountaineering, Skiing
Season:
Spring
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Trapper Peak Spring Skiing
Created On: Apr 17, 2007
Last Edited On: Apr 18, 2007

The Rocky Mountaineers-Classic Trip Series-Trapper Peak

As the April 2007 installment of the Rocky Mountaineers Classic Series Trips, Alden Wright led a ski trip up the normal route of Trapper Peak. We met at 6:35am in the K-mart parking lot and headed down the ‘root. Ron Pierson, Alden and I arrived at the turn off for the Trapper Peak trailhead and found that we were following Brett Doucett up the mountain on our way to the trailhead (a bit of foreshadowing for the coming climb). We parked at the second crossing of Troy Creek (5500’) and headed up with our skies on our backs. It had been cold enough the night before to allow us to hike on top of the snow to approximately 8000’ before we donned our skies.
Three Rocky Mountaineers3 Rocky Mountaineers
At one point we were accompanied by some bobcat tracks paralleling our path.
Bobcat tracks along side our trailBobcat tracks

We made the summit by 2pm and were joined by two others (that, as it turns out, participated in Alden’s trip last year!)
Brett, Alden and Ron nearing the summitAlmost there!
The visibility was excellent and we marveled at the array of snow capped mountains that Trapper offers.
Trapper Peak B.M. (El Cap in the background)Summit Benchmark
As the wind intensified and the clouds gathered, our bodies began to chill and we retreated from the summit one by one. It had been a brilliantly sunny day and the snow had softened considerably. The downhill offered mostly wet, heavy snow that was difficult for me to navigate (Alden seemed to do fine)!
Alden, on his way downAlden on the descent
There was one really good stretch of skiing roughly between 9600’ and 8800’. On our way down we met three other skiers who were headed up for a short run.
Back at the truck at about 6pm, hungry and tired, we thanked Alden for picking a perfect weather window for leading a great trip. ;)
(from left) Alden, Brett and Ron on the summitOn the summit

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