Climbed via Gem Lake Gully, descended via Baker Lake Ridge. Fantastic route! Glad we were able to break up what sounds like a rather monotonous trail slog with some fun route finding and scrambling on the Gem Lake Gully Route. Spectacular views from the top... spotted upwards of 10 separate smoke plumes from wildfires in Montana and Idaho.
2nd time up the standard route.
Went with my buddy, Abe. Discovered my new favorite Bitterroot Mountain: El Capitan.
A perfect day with amazing weather. Hiked from Trapper Peak TH and summitted via standard route. Had two separate black bear encounters!
First climb and with all three of The Boys. Awesome day.
Hike up here several times, Refreshing and spledid views. Taking the Gem lake route offers a few places for your dog to cool off.
Great climb, could only get a mile up the Trapper Peak Trail access road, snowshoed from there up to the trail head. Then slogged up to the summit the next day. Beautiful views!
Great views of the Bitterroot mountains and valley.
Great trip with friend Erik and father in law Larry. Also Larry's dog Gabi made it to the summit.
Was able to drive up the Forest road partway to the trailhead for Trail 133. Snowshoed up the steep slopes from the Forest road and then followed the basic trail route, although I couldn't find the trail in the 4-foot deep snow. The snow was windblown and consolidated at the summit area, so it was easier than snowshoeing down below in the DEEP powder. It was sunny all day--I made it to the summit just as the sun was setting, then coasted back down in the dark in record time.
Well done! What time did you begin? We are planning a mid-Feb climb up the Northeast Couloir. We are gonna head up Baker Creek. Any advice or info would be greatly appreciated. thanks. tm
Tom, how did the Northeast Couloir go? I'm thinking of climbing again via that route. Any avalanche hazards?
Hey, sorry about the non-reply...I didn't see your comment until today. (Is there a way to have SP email me when I receive a comment?) Anyway, I started around 8 AM Mountain time, so it was about a 9-hour climb until sunset. (I don't always keep in shape, and I had terrible tendinitis after that trek!)
Well, sort of successful. My girlfriend and I made it to East Trapper. I'm very proud of her though. She has a hip condition which bothered her the whole way and it was her first Mountain. The view was amazing. I never thought I would be able to stand on top of the Mountain I gazed at every day as kid growing up in the Bitteroot Valley.
The weather wasn't co-operating and our views were not as hoped. Made some good time hiking and enjoyed the company. Will definitely make another attempt to get those anticipated views.
Wasn't much of a view in the clouds but I love the feeling of isolation that they bring
All great hikes; worth hiking before daylight and being there for the sunrise!
Amazing view up top of the Pintlars to the east and massive Selway-Bitterroot/Frank Church country in all other directions. Once again this is an approx. date climbed.
Had a good day alone, and a good late fall day on the Peak.
This was my first time and first peak in MT. Saw a black bear across the Salmon River (ID) where I was camping this trip.