Saturday, May 7 – EAST BOULDER PEAK (9448’) (Bitterroots)

Rating:  Class 4?;  Distance:  11 miles round trip;  Elevation Gain: 5200’

Description:  This will be an attempt to ascend a route on the north face of East Boulder Peak.  Being that I haven’t heard of this being done, I will term it an “exploratory” trip.  The trip will begin and end at the Boulder Creek Trailhead.  Will hike up the trail to Boulder Falls (approx.. 4 miles), then hopefully cross the Creek above the falls.  From there the goal is to pick a combination of the steep snow filled couloirs and ridge spines that lead to the summit of East Boulder.  Will return to trailhead by descent of the ridge to Boulder Point, then drop back down into the Boulder Creek drainage. Will plan on bringing a rope, harness, some protection and pickets, ice tools, etc. 

Leader:  Forest Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

May 15th, 2016 FF Sawmill Gulch High Point

This is a hike on the southwest flanks of Blue Mt. in the Sawmill Gulch area, just north of Fort Fizzle, part of it through the old 1988 burn area. The Nee Mee-Poo trail runs through part of it, also. We will walk the roads until just below the high point on the ridge separating Lolo Creek from The South Fork of Sleeman Creek, and bushwack to the summit. From there we can see Blue Mt. to the north and have views down into Chickman and Westerman Gulches to the south and southwest. It starts at around 3300 ft and the high points are above 5500 ft., gaining around 2200 ft in 3 1/2 to 4 miles.

Leader:  Julie Kahl,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saturday, May 21.  The North Crow Creek Falls hike is rescheduled for Saturday, May 21st. The road and lower canyon are dry now.   This is from the “Montana Waterfalls” book, and is an easy two mile hike from the trailhead. The falls are 22 Ft. high at an elevation of around 5200’. The trail continues up the canyon so it will be an as far as we feel like going hike. It is also on reservation land so tribal permits will be required.  A couple of more miles will take you to some switchbacks, where there may be snow. There may be late spring flowers like Paintbrush starting to appear. The road gets rough but most vehicles can make it. If interested, e mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or look up my number.

 

 

Sun-Mon, May 29-30 – GLACIER/ICEFLOE/MOUNTAINEER PEAKS (Missions)

Rating:  Class 3-4;  Distance:  13-16 miles round trip;  Elevation Gain: 7200-8200’

Description:  This is a make-up date from the same trip rained out in April. Will hike up to the Lucifer Lake area on Sunday morning, find a place to set up a camp, then climb one or more of these peaks.  Monday morning (Memorial Day) we can climb whatever we didn’t climb the day before, then head out again.  Tentative plan is to climb the south ridge of Icefloe Peak (Peak 9328’) and traverse to Glacier Peak (9407’).  A possibility could then be to traverse the Garden Wall for a climb of Mountaineer Peak (9261’).  Will probably bring a rope and harness, ice axe, crampons.  Tribal Recreation Permit needed as well.

Leader:  Forest Dean, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

June 12th, 2016 spotted Dog Area, east of Deer Lodge

I decided to put this trip to do more exploring of this new WMA area off until June in hopes that the roads will be dry and it still won’t be too hot to hike around in this open, rolling hills terrain. First we will drive up the O’Neil Cr. Rd. to its end around 5500 ft. and see how far we can hike in from that end. Summits in the area are in the 5800-6400 ft. range. If there is no reasonable access we can drive to the roads coming in from Avon and hike around in that area.

Leader:  Julie Kahl,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Late July -Early August Elk Summit area

In the planning is a camping trip to the Elk Summit area south of Hwy 12 in the Lochsa Cr. area. Elk summit is on the divide between the Lochsa and Selway Rivers, and the trail head for numerous long trails down into the wilderness areas. The plan is to spend 2 nights at the campground, that is roughly 23 miles down a dirt road after you leave Hwy. 12. One day in, one day to climb something -probably Diablo Mt.- and out the next day.

Leader:  Julie Kahl,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.