Showing posts from August, 2019

Mount Siyeh, Glacier National Park

Date: August 17, 2019
Trip Leader: John Bardsley
Attendees: Jen Bardsley, Paul Jensen, Dexter Hale, Arthur Endsley

Photos by Dexter Hale (except the two that include him)

After a night of heavy rain and high country snow, we opted to leave camp in Many Glacier after 8am, hoping that there would be some melting on the summit slopes by the time we got up high. We started at Siyeh Bend and hiked to Preston Park, just below Siyeh Pass, where we left the maintained trail to climb the South Slope Route. Our progress through the class 2/3 cliffs was steady and straightforward, with one minor route finding hitch near the top. Upon reaching the massive summit talus field, we met several people who had turned around due to the presence of a grizzly bear digging for army cutworm moths in the talus. We saw the bear almost immediately, and Dexter had a camera with a big lens to capture photos, several of which are included in this post. The bear was busy and far enough away not to worry us, so we …

Mt. Gould Climb (W. Face), Glacier National Park

Trip leader: Fintan Maguire Participants: Nick Prichard, Henry Cahoon, Chris Cahoon Stats: 2907 ft elevation gain, 6 miles round trip, Class 2/3
On Saturday of the Glacier classic myself, Nick Prichard, Henry and his father Chris Cahoon climbed the West face route of Mt. Gould. It had snowed above 7500 ft the previous night so we decided to start a little later so it could melt. We had planned to begin the climb near the Weeping Wall but the trail was closed due to a vegetation restoration project. We then parked at Logan Pass and hiked 2 miles of the Highline trail to the saddle between Mt. Gould and Haystack. From there we departed the trail and followed a gully to get above the diorite cliffs. Once above, we veered climbers left and then headed straight towards the summit. Unfortunately, the summit remained shrouded in clouds so we could not enjoy the spectacular views this peak offers. Otherwise the weather was very nice and we had a great time.

Grey Wolf Peak (NE Ridge), Mission Mountains

Trip leader: Fintan Maguire Participants: Brent Maier, Adam Drobish Stats: 6000 ft elevation gain (we likely did 7000 ft.), Class 2/3
We drove to the Twin Lakes area on the Flathead Reservation side of the Mission Mountains and we began the climb around 7 am. The first few hours of  the trail are on a nice shaded trail thru the forest ascending a ridge. There are some areas of downed trees that need to be navigated thru but for the Missions the trail is quite enjoyable. After a couple of hours we arrived at Upper and Lower Riddell Lakes and we mistakenly attempted to climb the East Ridge. We then back tracked and resumed the standard route by continuing north into the next basin (Scenic Lakes).  We then gained the NE ridge and a half hour later arrived at the summit block. We dropped below the first snow field and then started the Class 3 climbing. Above this there was another snowfield where we utilized our crampons and ice axes.  The rest of the way to the summit was easy Class 2 b…

Shangri La Loop, Glacier National Park

Date: August 17, 2019 Trip leaders: Joshua and Susanna G Phillips  Participants: Alden Wright, Edna Blanchfield, Jim Goss, Marina Sonora, David Patterson, Jennifer Franklin 
Our plan was to start at Swiftcurrent Camp area, hike to and scramble up Redrock Falls, pass Shangri La's Lake, descent to Iceberg Lake and take the main trail back out. Well, after the heavy rain we had the night before we decided to start our loop the opposite direction by going first to Iceberg Lake. We were hoping that by the time we got to Iceberg Lake that most of the wet rock was dry. 
We started our hike a little later than what we planned for. Luckily we found enough parking for the group. At ten in the morning we were on our way to Iceberg Lake. The sky was still recovering from high winds and clouds that covered the horizon. As we were hiking in, the sun slowly melted the remaining snow dust on the rocks. The weather displayed a scenic view over the mountain ridges entertained us most of the day. B…

McCormick Peak, Reservation Divide

Date: August 11, 2019 Trip Leader: Alden Wright Attendees: Arthur Endsley
I advertised this as a hike to McCormick and Blackrock Peaks on the reservation divide north of Nine Mile, but we were prevented from making it to Blackrock by the weather.  Arthur Endsley and I left from North Reserve at 10 am.  The road was mostly signed, but there were some missing signs, so a good map of the roads is a good idea.  It is a long drive to the trailhead, and we didn’t start hiking until about 11:30.  The map shows trail 708 going straight up the ridge, but in fact it follows road 4213 (closed to cars) for a ways, and then cuts back up to the ridge.  The trail is good, but I am an old man and am slow.   When we got almost west of McCormick peak, we left the trail and went up a rock slide to the peak; easy scrambling on large rocks.  There were lots of clouds, so there were only intermittent views of the surroundings.  When we started off in the direction I thought was towards Blackrock, I knew I…

Sonielem Peak, Missions

Date: August ? Trip Leader: Laurel Vielle Attendees: see below
For the first time this season, we had a perfect weather day to muscle our way up the very steep East St. Mary’s climber’s trail in the Mission mountains. The group successfully made it up the trail and over to peak Y, the first of our destinations.  A few climbers even ran up and tapped Peak X (Lowary) having not climbed it before.  After that, we started the meat of our climb, traversing the ridge between Peak Y and Sonielem.  We decided to stay high on the ridge, which ultimately was a mistake.  While we had a lot of fun scrambling on the class III and IV terrain, it slowed us down considerably.  At 2:00 pm we realized we were only about half way to the high point of Sonielem and made the wise decision to turn around.  None of us wanted to be dragging out of there at midnight.  Those who had not climbed Sonielem made a pact to return and summit a different day, being sure to stay low!   This was a combined climb with Glaci…

Fisher Peak, Swan Range

Date: July 27, 2019 Trip Leader: John Bardsley Attendees: Jen Bardsley and Alec Patterson
There was no interest in my July 27 Bare Peaks trip until the evening of the 25th, when Alec Patterson contacted me. I had written the trip was off, deciding instead to take Jen to Fisher Peak in the Swan, so we invited Alec to join us. It was a perfect day to spend on the Swan Crest. We hiked the Sunday Mountain Trail to the Crest, then walked it north 1.5 miles to Fisher Peak. There are a couple of class 3 spots along the way, but it's a straightforward outing. With perfect weather, peak wildflowers, and good company, it was another great day in the mountains.