james,nate,nick, and myself had success,
Camped @ sept mourn them up to sundance pass. Also summited silver run same day.
Got it on our second try, in very bad weather. Amazing climb.
Late start from the west fork trailhead at 8:30 am where I had camped. Reached sundance pass just after 1:00 pm, summitted at 3:00 pm (no chance of thunderstorms that day.) Had to hoist my dog up the one 4th class move just above the couloir. Incredibly amazing scenery the whole hike and from the summit. Made it back to the car by 8:15pm.
Climbed the Whitetail Couloir and descended the NE ridge. Got to the tent just in time before it started to pour.
Did 3 day backpack and camped at September Morn Lake. Family hiked to Sundance Pass and waited while I walked up to the summit.
Climbed from Sundance Pass and then since the weather was outstanding, climbed the other side up to Silver Run Peak West and East. A twelve hour day back to camp at September Morn Lake.
Very cool climb, gonna have to try doing the couloir some time. Took 2 hours 40 min to get to the top from my camp near the bridge at the bottom of the pass on the West Fork side. As a bonus, I got to watch the the forest service blasting some boulders off the sundance pass. Pretty spectacular, but ran into some really confused hikers lower down who herd the explosions but didnt know what was going on!
Via Sundance Pass
My seven year old son and I woke up with a frosty 29F (-2C) with perfect bluebird weather. We were good to go on our climb of Whitetail Peak! Luckily we wouldn’t have to carry our heavy packs today. Without heavy packs we made good time up to Sundance Pass at 11,037 feet (3364 m). We climbed south up Mount Lockhart, scrambling to the summit before starting up Whitetail Peak.
We climbed the ridge up Whitetail Peak, finding it really spectacular and with awesome views. We met a group half way up and they were very impressed to see Kessler up there. They warned us about the exposed section of climbing near the summit. We talked with them a few minutes before heading back up the impressive ridge.
Once we reached the top of the relatively famous Whitetail Couloir and tackled the crux of the route (the one we were warned about above). Some sources rate this pitch as Class 4, but we thought it felt more like a solid but very short Class 3 and the exposure wasn’t that bad. We quickly made the summit for a well deserved, but relatively late lunch break. The views were absolutely spectacular and we kicked back to soak in the sight of all the peaks, glaciers and lakes (one of which was still almost completely frozen). There was only a light breeze and the weather was great so it was a very pleasant experience.
After enjoying the summit we headed back down to our camp at September Morn Lake after a wonderful day.
After being turned back by the fire last year and then rain over labor day I finally climbed Whitetail peak. It was a long day. Took off from the West fork trailhead at 3:30 AM. Nothin worse than haveing a cow moose follow you on the trail in the dark. I finally shot my pistol in the air and that scared her off. I reached the top at 11:30 AM under blue skies. The weather couldn`t be better. After 1/2 hour of taking pictures and savoring the moment and the view I figured I better get going. I had a long walk back to the vehicle. I stumbled back to the vehicle at 6:30 PM. 22 miles roundtrip and I was beat. What a beautiful Mountain!
Used the west fork approach, camped out at the base of the switch backs. Climbed the couloir in intermittent clouds, the snow was variable but solid down the middle. Windy summit but the clouds broke up some for amazing views. Descended down the east ridge, touched the top of Lockheart then glissade back down to the base camp. Great mountain, great trail in, and a great time. Thanks Gage.
Went into the base of the pass up West Fork Friday night, camped and summitted on a beautiful day, Saturday morning. Then hiked out and was met by the start of the West Fork (Cascade) fire! Had to be evacuated by helicopter, and go back several days later for my pick up which was thankfully spared, other hikers were not so lucky.
Two fine days of weather. Hiked to September Morn lake late on the 21st. Reached Sundance Pass the next morning around 10:30. Ate lunch, peaked Mt. Lockhart on the way up the ridge. Summitted around 1:30, stayed up top for 1/2 hour and down to the base on the other side for the night. Lots of Billy goats. Great trip. Dad is fourty-six year old, old school climber, Frog is my 23 year daughter. The best power hiking girl I've ever know.
After summiting Castle Mtn the day before we thought we didn't have it in us the next day to climb Whitetail, but we did. We didn't start until 9am and we summited just before 2pm. The snow couloir is very challenging, especially if you're doing the lead climbing. After summiting we were a bit timid to go back down the couloir so we went down across the NE Ridge and down Sundance Pass. The descent route was slow going, but we had our heart's racing fast enough going up the couloir that it was nice to relax and take an easier way down.
Skied the couloir after climbing it, summited in high winds under blue skies. What a day!!
We planned on climbing just the NE ridge, but when we saw the mountain, we decided some added exploration would be in order. The result was beginning up the snow couloir and then exiting near the bottom (since we didn't have the right gear to finish) and heading for the NE ridge. The sky was clear in the morning all the way through the day until after we had summited and got down off the mountain. On our way out to the trailhead, though, a storm quickly moved in and got us soaked-- the typical added thrill in the Beartooths.
Cold and windy, with blowing snow and rain. Typical August day in the Beartooths.
After being frozen off of Pensive Tower (on the west face of Silver Run Peak), we decided to climb something else, and this was an excellent consolation prize. Lots of snow and wet boulders made for a rough go up the final headwall, but the top was gorgeous and rewarding.
It's a long car-to-car trip, but you sure move faster when you're not carrying all that extra stuff...
Climbed in the morning on our way from Sundance Lake to Second Rock Lake. The scramble directly south of Mount Lockhart to Second Rock Lake was a bear with a 9 day-pack!
There are some fun exposed variations on the NE route that we enjoyed.