Ward Mountain Climber's Log

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Chickenonabun - Jun 21, 2020 9:06 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2020

via Camas Lakes  Sucess!

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.


ayoncha - Mar 19, 2019 9:04 pm Date Climbed: Sep 8, 2018

Bike & Hike   Sucess!

Biked the first few miles, hiked the rest. Biking back down felt SO GOOD.

Young Royce

Young Royce - Apr 29, 2017 11:21 pm Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2016

Strenuous  Sucess!

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! :/


Wildcat - Feb 14, 2016 10:47 pm Date Climbed: Feb 9, 2016

Great ski day  Sucess!

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.


apachedino - Jul 13, 2015 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2015

Larch buds and big skunks  Sucess!

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.


MTfred19 - Aug 19, 2014 1:31 pm Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

Southwest ridge from Camas Lakes  Sucess!

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...!


MTfred19 - Mar 5, 2011 4:07 pm

Trail up NE ridge  Sucess!

Don't remember the date. September '06?

Bob Sihler

Bob Sihler - Feb 16, 2011 11:45 am Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2008

Good and bad alike  Sucess!

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.

Pack Addict

Pack Addict - Apr 11, 2010 9:37 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2006

Nice to go in the fall   Sucess!

The south face can be unbearable in the summer, the fall offers some great views of the changing larch trees.


juneauhiker - Feb 26, 2010 6:29 pm

Hot Day  Sucess!

The trail was longer but also less brutal than the bitterroot hiking guidebook describes.


alpinelight - Feb 14, 2010 6:00 pm Date Climbed: Feb 13, 2010

Defeated on snowshoes

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.


montaneer - Sep 13, 2009 11:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2007

Smokey July  Sucess!

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!


rmick25 - Sep 14, 2009 12:35 am

Re: Smokey July

evil little creatures they are


Snowy - Jul 31, 2009 2:08 pm

Trail  Sucess!

Nice views, but a less exciting and fairly strenuous walk to get them. Overall a nice dayhike.


benjohnson - Nov 13, 2007 11:10 am

Trail  Sucess!

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...

alpine climber

alpine climber - Sep 24, 2007 10:35 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2007

standard trail  Sucess!

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.

highice - Jan 30, 2007 4:55 pm

winter w/ the mutt  Sucess!

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.

mtn ear

mtn ear - Jan 11, 2007 10:09 pm Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2006

Bluebird Day for a Ski  Sucess!

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.

Michael Hoyt

Michael Hoyt - Sep 29, 2006 10:21 pm Date Climbed: Nov 5, 2009

Point-To-Point  Sucess!

5nov09 - Climbed the Standard Route with my friend Jim Greenfield. I was coming down with a bug so Jim had to practically carry my during the top sections of the climb as we post-holed through knee-deep snow.

12jul08 - Bob Sihler and I made this one of the five summits we climbed during a point-to-point outing which began at the Camas Lakes Trailhead and finished at the standard trailhead for Ward Mountain.

24sep06 - I used the Camas Cirque West Ridge Route to reach the summit. It was far more interesting than just "hiking" to the summit on the standard trail.

But I have to admit some places were pretty darn slippery from the melting recent snow. It was almost dangerous.

I used the "standard" route to descend, making it a point-to-point outing. Very nice!

25jun05 - Climbed Ward for the first time with my wife, Linda. We found the standard trail to be rather uninteresting.


Saintgrizzly - Sep 26, 2006 5:17 am Date Climbed: Sep 23, 2006

Trail Route  Sucess!

Very nice day, climbing with Moni. It appeared to us the snow on top was quite a bit less than on many of the surrounding peaks, so we congratulated ourselves on having made a good choice! The route up this mountain is all excellent trail, but the summit view is worth it—spectacular perspective of some of the most rugged of the Bitterroots! This was my second time doing Ward Mtn (first time sans camera), with the other climb—I think three summers ago—being on one of those hot summer days that made traversing the burn a torment, and the stream three-fourths of the way up a blessing!

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