As the tallest peak in the Bitterroots at 10,157 feet, Trapper Peak lords over a spectacular massif due west of Darby.
A straightforward but strenuous climb, Trapper Peak is most easily ascended via a well-maintained trail that climbs its southeast ridge from the West Fork Road. As far as trails go, it's steep, gaining nearly 4,000 feet over 4.5 miles, but well worth the effort. To get there, head south from Darby along U.S. Highway 93 about four miles to the West Fork Road, where you'll turn right. Travel for about 10 miles, then look for signs directing you toward the Trapper Peak trailhead on FR 5630. It's about 7 miles to the trailhead along the access road.
More challenging scrambles can be found on the northeastern face of the mountain, with approaches beginning at the Baker Lake trailhead.
One of the Bitterroot's most popular summits, Trapper Peak attracts plenty of winter skiers as well as summer hikers. Several gullies and couloirs accessible from Baker Lake hold snow deep into June, and the southeastern ridge makes for a fun, low-angle winter ascent.