Sleeping Woman Trail to Cha-paa-qn

Missoula, Montana

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Cha-paa-qn is Salish for treeless peak or shining peak. It is the prominent pyramid-shaped mountain on Missoula’s western horizon in the Lolo National Forest. Three trails climb to Reservation Divide and ascend the talus rock summit of Cha-paa-qn: the Sleeping Woman Trail, the Reservation Divide East Trail (Hike 50), and the Kennedy Creek Trail. The Sleeping Woman Trail—this trail—is the shortest but steepest route to the 7,996-foot peak. The trail climbs through a pine and fir forest above Stony Creek Canyon to Reservation Divide. The last half mile to the summit is a slow-moving scramble over scree. From the summit above the timberline are far-reaching, 360-degree vistas of the Bitterroot Mountains; the Mission, Swan, Sapphire, Cabinet, and Bison Ranges; and the Rattlesnake and Great Burn Wilderness Areas.
Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

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Day Hikes around Missoula, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Cha-paa-qn is Salish for treeless peak or shining peak. It is the prominent pyramid-shaped mountain on Missoula’s western horizon in the Lolo National Forest. Three trails climb to Reservation Divide and ascend the talus rock summit of Cha-paa-qn: the Sleeping Woman Trail, the Reservation Divide East Trail (Hike 50), and the Kennedy Creek Trail.

The Sleeping Woman Trail—this trail—is the shortest but steepest route to the 7,996-foot peak. The trail climbs through a pine and fir forest above Stony Creek Canyon to Reservation Divide. The last half mile to the summit is a slow-moving scramble over scree. From the summit above the timberline are far-reaching, 360-degree vistas of the Bitterroot Mountains; the Mission, Swan, Sapphire, Cabinet, and Bison Ranges; and the Rattlesnake and Great Burn Wilderness Areas.

©  Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Missoula
Distance: 5.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Duration: 3 hours
Season: Year-Round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. McCormick Peak and Hewolf Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Sleeping Woman Trail to Cha-paa-qn

Recent Trail Reviews

7/26/2007
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Classic Montana hike through a beautiful forest passing a lake and the falls destination is spectacular. The trail is well worn and nicely maintained, a good hike for all ages and fitness levels.


3/25/2006
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Very nice veiw of falls and Mission Mountains as a backdrop. Easy hike yet very rewarding!



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