Showing posts from June, 2018

Castle Reef and Sawtooth Ridge-North: Rocky Mountain Front

Date: June 22-24, 2018
Trip Leader: John Bardsley
Attendees: Fintan Maguire and Dave Patterson

This past weekend I lead a trip to the Rocky Mountain Front. The Front is a remarkable and unique place that is well-worth the 3+ hour drive from Missoula. Due to flooding, our original choice for camping (Home Gulch) was closed, so we camped instead at Sun Canyon Lodge, which was nice, had showers, and was within 1/2 mile from the start of both hikes we ended up doing.

The 'official' TRM outing was up Castle Reef on Saturday. It was a great day and climb. We drove the 1/2 mile from camp to the trailhead and began by hiking into Wagner Basin (gorgeous in-and-of itself), then gained the south ridge at an obvious saddle and followed it to the top. It's a rugged, low class 3 route with some of the best views you can find anywhere. All in all, it was a spectacular day with good people. Pictures from the day follow, with more text and pictures below for Sawtooth Ridge-North.

On Sunda…

Mt. Idaho (Lost River Range)

Date: June 8-9, 2018 Leader:  Forest Dean Participants: Minot Maser and Quentin Rhoades
At 12,065’, Mt. Idaho is the 5th highest peak in the state of Idaho and one of nine 12K peaks in the state.  It is a very aesthetic looking mountain with classic ridges and faces and really just as appealing as its bigger neighbor a mile and a half to the north (Borah).   The plan for this trip was to climb the steep central couloir on the north face.
We drove down to the Lost River Range on Friday afternoon arriving about 3:00pm.  The best way to approach the north face of Mt. Idaho is to come in from the east (Pahsimeroi Valley) but I was reluctant to drive the rough roads to the Merriam Lake trailhead.  Thus we began at the Borah Peak- Chicken Out Ridge trailhead.  We followed this trail up the ridge for 3,000 feet before veering off to the southeast (Cedar Creek drainage) at around 10,300’.  From there it was a bit of challenging sidehilling over fist-sized scree as we made our way towards the…

Chpaaqn Peak Hike

Date: June 2, 2018 Trip Leader: Laurel Vielle Attendees: Don Arthur, Jim Valentine, Dell and Gail Meuchel, Robin Young, Lou Herrit and Dennis Bonawitz.
Seven chipper hikers and myself gathered at the Snow Bowl park and ride about 8:00 on Saturday, June 2.  We made the trek up to Nine Mile in two vehicles to just below the trailhead.  Some mud and snow stopped us before we reached the trail but it was a short extra distance to walk.  On the pre-hike from the previous week there was quite a lot of snow so I had everyone bring spikes and snowshoes.  Of course we didn't need any as the evening before was nice and chilly and the snow was hard and fairly easy to walk on even as the day wore on.  The first 2 miles or so the trail was easy to follow even with the snow,  but after awhile I was thankful for GPS.  We'd still be wondering around up there if not for GPS due to the trail becoming indistinguishable and being low in the trees with no point of reference.  After a circuitous route…