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From the floor of Bitterroot Valley, especially from the location along Highway 93 signed as the place to view Trapper Peaks, this mountain appears to be little more than a horn and certainly a technical climb. However, there is a route to the summit requiring no more than Class 3+ climbing. It's difficult to find if you don’t know the way—go with someone who does the first time you attempt this summit.

Begin at the Baker Lake Trailhead and hike on the long-established trail to Baker Lake. Follow the trail around the north side of the lake, past Middle Lake and to its end at Gem Lake.

Skirt the lake on the north side and climb to the obvious saddle on the ridge. Descend north 600’ down the couloir on talus and scree, then hike westward up the cirque toward the base of North Trapper (9,801’).

The difficult-to-follow portion of the route begins by climbing a couloir before exiting onto slab-granite and following small ledges to the ridge-crest. Once on the crest, the route heads southwest to three summit blocks of which the middle is the highest.

Michael Hoyt

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