Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Star Peak

3 Jan , 2016  

On January 3 four of us set out to climb the south ridge of Star Peak in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains. What we thought was going to be a cold but sunny day turned out to be spitting snow and poor visibility on the summit. Star is one of a handful of peaks in the area […]

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Snowshoe Peak

24 Oct , 2015  

Summit Elevation: 8,738’ Elevation gain from Leigh Lake trailhead: 4500’ The trail winds steeply through forest on the east side of the Cabinet Mountains about 15 miles south of Libby Montana. Look for mountain goats on the slopes above as they are plenteous in this area. The lake is just 1.5 miles from the trailhead […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Mt. Roothaan

19 Oct , 2015   Gallery

Elevation: 7,326 ft. Rank: 14 Coordinates: 48.613N 116.705W Trailhead: Chimney Rock, No 256 Trailhead Elevation: 4,020’ Estimate Time: 3-4½ up, 2½-3½ down South Ridge, class 2 7 miles, 3306’ elevation gain The climb begins in the parking area of Chimney Rock trailhead (there is a shorter route from the Priest Lake side). The trail gains […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trip Report

Mt. Roothaan

17 Oct , 2015  

Mt. Roothaan is 7,326′ and sits just half a mile south of Chimney Rock and is about 200′ higher. The vantage point offers the best view of Chimney Rock of any 7,000′ footers on the crest. I left the trailhead on the Pack River side late – Noon. The trail starts painfully slow and gains […]

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North Twin Peak

8 Oct , 2015  

Author: Don Otis The trail to Beehive Lake is 4.4 miles one way — starts at an excellent trailhead and crosses a bridge before making an easy ascent. The North Twin is 7,607′. It is the peak directly beyond the end of the lake and not the one to the North or right (I made […]

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Split Mountain, Sierras

11 Sep , 2015  

Author: Don Otis Split Mountain is 14,058′ — a multi-colored and serrated peak that looks unclimbable from the east. Ken Emerson and Don Otis climbed to a notch above Red Lake (10,500′) on August 30, 2015 and then made our way up the east slopes to the summit. It was out fourth 14er in a […]

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Middle Teton, Wyoming

23 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis The Middle Teton is 12,804′ and offers some of the best views of any Teton peak. Jeff Beeman, Landon Otis, and Don Otis set out early in September 2014 from the Lupine Meadows TH and into Garnet Canyon. The trail into the canyon is easy and the views good into the valley […]

Selkirk Range Hikes

Blue Mountain (Schweitzer)

23 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis Schweitzer Mountain resort is a good place to start a hike in the southern Selkirks. Park at the lot near the village, pass the tennis courts and look for the TH just to the left of the quad (at about 4600′). Follow the well established trail that zigzags past a stream and […]

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Mt. Adams

21 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis 12,236′ Mt. Adams is the second largest peak in the Northwest behind Mt. Rainier. Although it is not a technical peak it is 6800′ of vertical gain from the trailhead. Landon Otis, Jeff Beeman, Ken Emerson, and I reached the summit on a near perfect May 2 day with clear skies. The […]

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Mt. Sill – Sierras

19 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis Mt. Sill is in the eastern Sierras near Big Pine on the North and South Forth trailheads. It is 14,162′ one of the 12 ranked 14,000′ peaks in California. I headed up Fathers Day Weekend in 2015 making easy time. We reached the Palisade glacier and began to traverse it to the […]