Trapper Peak Climber's Log

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ayoncha - Mar 19, 2019 9:12 pm Date Climbed: May 6, 2018

Snowy summit of Trapper  Sucess!

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.


MTfred19 - Dec 12, 2017 7:41 pm Date Climbed: Dec 10, 2017

Ski Day  Sucess!

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.

Young Royce

Young Royce - Apr 29, 2017 11:15 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2016

Snowshoe Ascent Snowboard Descent  Sucess!

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.

utclimber - Jan 1, 2017 4:43 pm

Trapper Peak  Sucess!

Climbed some time in the early 90s.


Wildcat - Aug 27, 2016 4:15 pm Date Climbed: May 4, 2016

Gem lake coulior  Sucess!

Summitted at 1030 and had Amazing corn skiing all the way from the summit to gem lake, the coulior was really good.


Scott - Nov 19, 2015 1:48 pm

Trapper  Sucess!

Climbed after a job interview in Hamilton.


HikesWithDogs - Sep 3, 2015 5:20 pm

One of my first peaks  Sucess!

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.


boisedoc - Aug 31, 2015 12:33 pm Date Climbed: Aug 30, 2015

last peak of the week  Sucess!

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.


Highpointer1837 - Aug 8, 2015 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2013

Standard route  Sucess!

Took the standard route and it was easy and straightforward. Great page.


palblinker - Oct 25, 2014 1:29 am Date Climbed: Oct 18, 2014

Standard Route  Sucess!

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.


scgrant - Aug 27, 2014 11:07 pm Date Climbed: Aug 17, 2014

Trapper Peak  Sucess!

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.


jdarr67 - May 2, 2014 6:13 pm Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2012

South Route  Sucess!

With Alana, Mark and Patti. Loved this peak and the vistas from the summit.


locke456 - Oct 8, 2013 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2013

Wonderful Summit, Terrible Descent  Sucess!

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.


Tnarg - Aug 25, 2013 1:59 am Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2013

Good Times  Sucess!

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!

AMontanan - May 8, 2013 10:28 pm

Smokey, but Beautiful  Sucess!

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!


Peaker - Feb 3, 2013 8:00 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2012

Standard Trail  Sucess!

A very nice hike with great views but I wish I had taken the Gem Lake Gully route. The trail was a bit crowded.


awhite28 - Dec 25, 2012 1:54 pm

Trapper  Sucess!

Rock glacier!


powderpady - Oct 8, 2012 9:33 pm Date Climbed: Oct 6, 2012

Glorious Fall Day   Sucess!

Warm,amazing weather w/clear, deep blue skies w/some smoke to the West. Moderately steep trail, well used and easy scramble to the Summit. Had views all the way to Austria! No...seriously a real "bird's eye" view across the Bitteroot Mtns. awaits all who venture high. Well worth the effort. Steve fired up his stove on the Summit and cooked a lunch of Ramen&sausage and we shared a cup of Chai tea laced w/ sweet is that @ 10,157 ft.!!! Hiking time from TH-to za Summit-2hrs.45 min.


BrianChase - Aug 27, 2012 2:54 pm

Mellow hike  Sucess!

Nice Views, if i had more time would not have done the standard route.


JLuthanen - Aug 20, 2012 1:15 am Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2012

Smokey  Sucess!

Hiked via the standard route after car camping at the trailhead. Parking lot to summit in 3hrs, steep grade most of the way up (as opposed to standard 10-12% grade, closer to 20%). Big fire in the Selway-Bitteroot wilderness shrouded most long distance views. Summited East Trapper afterwards, and had a snowball fight in mid August - good times

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