Trapper Peak Trail

Bitterroot National Forest, Montana

Distance4.0mi
Elevation Gain3,826ft
Trailhead Elevation6,371ft
Top10,142ft
Elevation Min/Max6371/10142ft
Elevation Start/End6371/6371ft
Trapper Peak Trail is a hiking trail in Ravalli County, Montana. It is within Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area and Bitterroot National Forest. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 6,371 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,826 feet. The trail ends near Trapper Peak (elevation 10,108 feet).

Trapper Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a climb to the summit of the highest peak (10,157 feet) in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness.

Until July, snow covers much of the trail.The almost 4,000 feet of elevation gain in 6 miles makes this hike hard but exciting because of the destination. From the top of Trapper Peak, the world falls away into endless cascades of rocky ridges. Trail 133 climbs abruptly from the parking lot, along the ridge above Boulder Creek to the south.The first part of the hike involves two steep climbs with a flat spot in between.The break is enough to lower your heartbeat a little. At early rest stops, take the extra time to walk the 20 feet to the edge of the ridge for a taste of the view from the top.The Boulder Creek Valley was formed by glaciation, creating a long, narrow, ice-gouged trough common to the eastern slope of the Bitterroots.

After the steep ascent in the first 2 miles, the trail climbs gradually. A little less than halfway up is a small spring to the right of the trail.The gurgling water is audible from the trail, and a small path veers off to the right. This is a good spot to replenish water bottles."

"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."

Trapper Peak Trail Reviews

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8/2/2005
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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Bitterroot National Forest
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Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area
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Dog-friendly
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Jun 2018