A nice hike/snowshoe outing. Put snowshoes on at 6600 feet. Still lots of snow up high.
Started off the new year with a nice ski, car-door-to-car-door up and down Ward. Bluebird day with great views of its neighboring Bitterroots!
Was an enjoyable route, long section of boulder hopping and scrambling. Went a more straight down route back into the cirque and ended up not saving time because it was steep and loose. This one tired me out pretty good.
Biked the first few miles, hiked the rest. Biking back down felt SO GOOD.
Very strenuous one! Especially for the entire thing being trailed to the summit! I'm glad I got to go up there before burned it last season! :/
Had to carry skis for the lower 1.5 miles, but had great views and a calm day up top and good skiing on the way down to make up for the hard work.
The trail could be a bit steeper down low, nice for bikes I guess. Lots of consolidated snow on top. Nice views, glad I chose to do this on my long drive back to SLC.
It had been a long time since I'd been up Ward Mountain so I decided to head up there again, but this time from a different direction. Camas Lakes are quite beautiful and visiting alpine lakes always helps to make the heat of the summer more tolerable. Plenty o' fish in there, too. From the upper lake it is slightly steep depending on your route up to the ridgeline, and for the rest of the way up the ridge to the summit there is some boulder hoppin' to do, but overall it ain't so bad. And you know about the views. A nice summer day...!
Don't remember the date. September '06?
With thephotohiker, I climbed this peak by the west ridge, and that was a fun scramble. We took the trail down, and it was steep and hot with lots of blowdowns-- not fun at all. I would hate to hike up that trail.
The south face can be unbearable in the summer, the fall offers some great views of the changing larch trees.
The trail was longer but also less brutal than the bitterroot hiking guidebook describes.
Along with friends Erik And Josh, We attempted Ward Mountain by standard east face route. Did not even put snowshoes on till about 6000. Made it over 8000 and found some very nice snow, but ran out of time and legs too. It was wonderful to get that high so early in the year.
Hiked this peak during wildfire season and had to stop frequently to get some oxygen. One of the Bitterroots more demanding standard trail hikes. Lady bugs at the summit were vicious!! Ya... lady bugs can bite!
evil little creatures they are
Nice views, but a less exciting and fairly strenuous walk to get them. Overall a nice dayhike.
Did this one with my dad several years back. We had an old copy of the Bitterroot Hiking guidebook that said the trail was 3.5 miles to the top. Right...
Hiked through the snow and fog to find blue sky on top.
The turning of the Larch made this hike very enjoyable. Little bit of rain on top, but still good views. Saw definite signs of "off-trail" motorcycle use (six inch troughs throughout alpine areas). Will be back when the snow falls.
Broke trail with snowshoes to the summit, ouch. at least the dog was still able to follow in the deep tracks. 30 mph winds on top, so didn't hang out long.
A group of 13 of us skied up in staggered formation. Couple dogs too. Upper 2000' provided for some good skiiung on way down. Wasn't enough snow covering burn area yet and no snow on first 1.5 miles of trail.