Trapper Peak

Conner, Montana

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Trapper Peak and its northerly counterpart rise together as a splendid granite massif 10 miles southwest of Darby. Those in search of serious Bitterroot altitude need look no further than this majestic peak, where the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness reaches its zenith and a scene of dramatic allure surpassing that of any other summit in the range.
Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

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Hiking the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness

by Scott Steinberg (Falcon Guides)

Trapper Peak and its northerly counterpart rise together as a splendid granite massif 10 miles southwest of Darby. Those in search of serious Bitterroot altitude need look no further than this majestic peak, where the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness reaches its zenith and a scene of dramatic allure surpassing that of any other summit in the range.

©  Scott Steinberg/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Conner
Distance: 8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10.0–12.0 hours (a long day hike requiring an early start; leaving the trailhead by no later than 8
Season: Best from late July through September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bitterroot National Forest
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute series: Boulder Peak, MT; Trapper Peak, MT
Driving Directions: Directions to Trapper Peak

Recent Trail Reviews

8/2/2005
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We hiked as far as Big Creek Lake. There is a good camping area around Teepee Rock (appx 5 mi from trailhead). There is another good campsite just after the last creek crossing before the big climb up to the lake (just past the last bridge crossing of the creek). There are several good campsites at the lake itself. Warning - the trail is very popular for use with horses and there is a lot of evidence on the trail. There are black bears in the area and were sited by others on the trail. While we met a lot of people on their way down from the lake on Thursday, we had the lake to ourselves Thursday night and most of Friday. While quite a few people came up on Friday, it was still quiet. The lake is unbelievably beautiful and huge. Vivid blue and great fishing in the evenings and mornings. We saw a moose swimming in the lake early one morning. There was a LOT of animal activity at night. The destination makes the trail well worthwhile. Be prepared for the "staircase" (as the locals we met referred to it). The trail has "stairs" built into the mountain for the last push up to the lake. The stairs vary from mid-calf to just below the knee - not easy to climb with a heavy pack. It is the most difficult part of the trail, but then you see the incredible blue lake and it is forgotten!



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