Showing posts from July, 2018

Mountaineer Peak, Missions

Date: 7/14/18 Trip Leader: Laurel Vielle Attendees: Fintan Maguire, Steve Dagger, Robin Young
Forest asked me to step in when Susanna couldn't coordinate Mountaineer.  I got good beta from both Forest and Susanna and decided to go for it even though I usually don't coordinate climbs I've never done before. The only other member of TRM to join was Fintan Maguire.  I also added Mountaineer to the GMS calendar and made it a combined climb so Steve Dagger and Robin Young from GMS could join Fintan and I. Due to a few delays we didn't start hiking at the Mission Falls trailhead until about 7:30.  We made good time up the trail to the falls but then ran into a little trouble on the climbers trail to Lucifer Lake, losing the correct trail and having to backtrack and find the way.  We did and made it to the lake in decent time.  After we snacked and refreshed our water supply, we headed over to the outlet to Lucifer, noticing only one skinny log to cross on.  Fintan crossed it wi…

Hidden Lake and Glen Lake Peak, Bitterroots

Date: July 14, 2018 Trip leader: Alden Wright Attendees: Edna Blanchfield, Todd Kaye, LC Robertson 
I advertised this as a hike to Glen Lake and Point 8608 in the Bitterroots. The four hikers were Edna Blanchfield, Todd Kaye, Alden Wright, and LC Robertson (who signed up via the Missoula Adventure Crew Facebook group). Glen Lake is close to 2 unnamed lakes, and the Forest Service trail is now a loop that goes by all three lakes. The trail to the lake goes through the 2006 burn.The trail had not been cleared in a few years, and there were a number of logs to cross.On the way up to Point 8608 (also known as Glen Lake peak), we found the unofficial trail by going just north of the upper unnamed lake.We avoided any steep snow by leaving the trail in places.There were lots of wildflowers. We reached the peak around noon, and I suggested the we continue on the ridge to the west.Point 8618 in front of us looked like a challenging scramble with some steep snowfield crossings that we weren’t pr…

St. Joseph Peak, Bitterroots

Date: June 24, 2018
Trip Leader:  Susanna Girolamo Phillips,
Participants: ​ Joshua Phillips, Adam Drobish, Valer Roman-Cruz & Sam
Saint Joseph's peak as been on my radar since I started skiing Little St. Joe. Reaching the summit of Saint Joseph's peak requires a longer day so I decided to schedule a trip during the summer.
After a few weeks of not promising weather and despite the forecast, we decided to go ahead and climb this peak. The first part of the route is on a good maintained trail. We began at the Bass Creek Overlook to reach the top of Little St. Joe. The snow line started just about at 8'000 ft.  From tree line to the peak the ridges where mostly filled in with snow on the North Side of the slopes. It made half of the traverse easier on the South side of the mountains. Once arrived on the pass just east of Saint Joseph we started traversing along the north side of the ridge.  We encountered some big snow fields still impacting our traverse and route fin…

McLeod Peak, Rattlesnake

Date: July 8, 2018
Trip Leader: John Bardsley
Participants: Jen Bardsley, Susanna Girolamo, and Leah Samberg

I listed this trip last summer, and it was cancelled due to fires, so I offered it again this year. At the last minute, two people cancelled, so there were only four of us. We left the Rattlesnake Trail Head at 6.30am on bikes. The ride to the wilderness boundary took about 2.5 hours, where we stashed our bikes and put on running shoes. From there, we followed the trail up Rattlesnake Creek until the creek draining the lakes just south of McLeod enters from the northwest. There are various ways through this off trail section, all heading in a general northwest direction toward the peak, and we took a different way down than up. We all reached the summit at 12.30pm, began our descent at 1pm, and were back at the cars at 6:30pm. It was great day with a great group of ladies.

Point Six, Rattlesnake

Trip Leader - Eric Jones Participants - Isaac Jones, Ryan and Jenny Montgomery, Greg Lovellette, Bob, Ben, Max and Nick Carter

This hike was a little different from our other Missoula Horizon Summits because the first half was a ride on the Grizzly chair at Snowbowl. The hike was just a short 1 1/2 mile stroll to the top where there were no mosquitoes and plenty of snow for an epic snowball battle. On the way down we folfed before riding the chair back down. And we only lost one golf disc! Eric Jones

West Trapper Peak (Peak 9772’), Bitterroots

Date: July 1, 2018 Trip Leader: Forest Dean Participants: Brent Maier
This trip was scheduled for two weeks later, but had to make a swap to accommodate inclement weather north of the border for the planned Mt. Forbes trip.On short notice had a bit of a hard time rounding up partners, but Brent stepped forward at the last moment.And what a great day we had!
We began at the normal Trapper Peak trailhead at 7:30am.We made pretty good time on a quick hike up to the summit (10,157’) of Trapper Peak- arriving at 9:40am under mostly cloudy skies.We then descended off to the west- headed for the prominent spire that sits on the ridge about a mile or so away.The descent kept us on the ridge for a while but then we had to drop into the head of the Slide Creek valley- eventually down to about 8800’.A bit of scrambling across snowfields and boulders at that elevation put us on the due south side of West Trapper..with rapidly clearing skies!From there it was just straight up!
The first 600’ was jus…

Wild Horse Island

Date: 6/30/2018
Trip Leader: Julie Kahl
Participants: Steve Schombel, Dave Robertson, Maria Cassidy, Becky & Gary Jones, David Kahl.

The plan was to have everybody to the Big Arm Boat Rentals (look for the teepees) by 10:30 for our 11:AM -4:PM shuttle (cost $40 per person), for what promised be a perfect hiking day, mostly cloudy, in the high 60’s to low 70’s (21.11c). The sun peeked out occasionally and we only got a few splatters of rain. As we rode out in the shuttle boat I scoped out the three prominent points that form the Islands highlands, the kid driving the boat said the left most, or north point was the highest, and it looked to be. He also said there were still five wild horses on the island. The shuttle takes about 1/2 hr. without a stiff wind.

Dropped off at Seiko Bay on the north side of the island, (this is a MT State Park fee area, no charge for state residents, $4 for non-residents) we hiked up about 1/2 mile/8.8k to a saddle, past the only outhouse in the park. Ther…