Could not have asked for better weather. The dog and I got to make first tracks through a fresh sheet of snow! Made the 'scramble' to the summit a bit more fun than I remember.
Got a late start after visiting gold bug hot springs in the mostning, only took a little less than 3 hours to get to the top from the trailhead.
camped at gem lake, took the gully to bag the high point of the bitterroots!
05/03/19 w/Paul Fotter. Gem Lake Gully route. Had to park the car about 5 miles from the TH. Camped between Middle and Gem Lakes. Great weather and snow conditions both days! Super fun and straightforward spring route.
Started with a bushwhack up to the trailhead, which added an extra mile and 1000 ft or so. Hit snow soon after that, no visibility but fun time at summit! Back down in the trees we descended in the sun.
Got to the trailhead chained up and then had to carry up the first 20 minutes or so, but then it was a good skin to the top. Amazing bluebird day with little wind so spent a long time up there with some friends.
Drivable to the trailhead, completely snow covered trail approximately 1 mile in. Bushwhacked to shoulder and traversed to summit. Amazing 2500' vert snowboard down the South Face.
Climbed some time in the early 90s.
Summitted at 1030 and had Amazing corn skiing all the way from the summit to gem lake, the coulior was really good.
Climbed after a job interview in Hamilton.
One of my first climbs and the view made it all worth it! Ascended via the normal route. The grey-sided mountains to the north provide a unique color contrast to most summit views here in Montana. I hope to go back someday soon via the Baker Lake/Gem route.
we managed to sneak this in between smoke and some rain showers. Very pretty area. We used the Gem Lake route also described in Cedron Jones Montana Peakbagging book. Very scenic route. The air had cleared enough to see a lot of the Bitterroot peaks. North Trapper looks pretty challenging.
Took the standard route and it was easy and straightforward. Great page.
First time up. I was kind of disappointed with the approach and then I saw the peak and the view. Absolutely stunning. Definitely plan on a winter summit.
Via Baker Lake approach. We had a little trouble finding a good line from Baker Lake to the ridge above. It took a little bushwhacking and scrambling but we finally gained the ridge. Very enjoyable hike the rest of the way to the summit.
With Alana, Mark and Patti. Loved this peak and the vistas from the summit.
Route: Trail 133
First thing's first: driving up to the trailhead we found an amazing pull-off about .5 miles before the trailhead proper, where we parked and camped for the night rather than hiking a mile or two in and camping, which had been the original plan. Definitely recommend this as a pre-hike camp spot and the climb itself as a dayhike.
In late June, the snow was really cooperative. That is, there wasn't any until we were on the talus slopes right before the summit, where there was enough snow that we were able to avoid dealing with the boulders entirely and follow old snowshoe prints all the way to the summit. We tagged East Trapper on the way back down, too; definitely do this, it's a surprisingly satisfying little climb and view even after climbing the "main" peak.
Coming back down, we strayed purposely to the left of the established trail, thinking we could descend one of the snow chutes to the lake. Instead, we ended up stuck on cliff ledges for a few hours until the snow had hardened enough for us to climb entirely back out of the chute, traverse back to the main trail, and head home. Dumb decision, but ultimately didn't much dampen the awesomeness of the camping/climbing experience.
Climbed with my two brothers-in-law via Baker Lake. The route finding wasn't too bad, we just traveled South from the lake until we found the game/climbers trail up to the ridge crest, then followed the ridge to the summit. The view from the top was outstanding, and we were entertained by a whistling marmot. I'm glad we scrambled from Baker Lake instead of taking the normal trail. Good times!
Couldn't have been a better hike, really smoke due to the wildfires, but we stayed on the top for nearly a 1/2hr and there was absolutely no wind! Definitely should be on every hiker's list in the Bitterroot valley & Missoula!
A very nice hike with great views but I wish I had taken the Gem Lake Gully route. The trail was a bit crowded.