Trapper Peak, sitting at 10,157 feet, is the highest of the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. This summit is probably the most well-known mountain in the Bitterroot Mountains, if for no other reason, simply because it has the highest summit.
Dominating Darby, Montana, Trapper Peak is accessed via the West Fork of Bitterroot River, and, in our case, the Baker Lake trailhead. Now, get ready to an ascent as the first section to Baker Point is steep and rocky, but it does level out somewhat until you reach Baker Lake.
Baker Lake with the “false” summit of Trapper Peak
Baker Lake afternoon
Baker Ridge to just below the summit
Just before the lake turn left and cross the creek. There is a steep use trail up the slopes to the ridgetop. From there go west, mostly cross-country in a fairly open forest. Eventually, you will find a faint user trail that leads up to a saddle between the “true” and eastern peak. The trail goes past a small peak of 9928 feet then crosses talus slopes to the top.
Looking up the steep, steep gully
Larch colors even in July
Made the ridge above the Baker Lake Gully
The start of a series of snow fields
Looking down our BIG mistake of 2 years ago
Alpine Larch (Larix lyallii) on the flanks of Trapper Peak
The living and dead alpine larch
From snow and ice into streams, and eventually oceans
Pink mountain heather (Phyllodoce empetriformes) in full bloom
A swath of moonscape in the lower alpine
Jeff crossing yet another snow field
The saddle between the false summit (right) and the true summit (left)
That is only the false peak…relax
Agility and grace…really
Always taking a break, even on top of the Bitteroot Mountain’s highest peak
Chilling on top of Trapper Peak
The jagged network of peaks, ridges, and deep canyons that are the Bitterroot Mountains from Trapper Peak
Alpine Plants of Trapper Peak
Payson’s Whitlow-grass or Payson’s Draba – Draba paysonii
Selway Coil-beaked Lousewort – Pedicularis contorta var. rubicunda
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