Trip Report

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 […]

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White Mountain Summit

19 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis White Mountain on the border of California and Nevada is 14,252′. It has the highest research station in the U.S. — the Barcroft Station. The climb starts high and stays high (12,000′). The trail is an easy class 1 walk covering 14 miles all above timberline. The views are terrific on a […]

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Shepherd Pass Trail – Sierras

19 Aug , 2015  

Author: Don Otis The Shepherd Pass Trail on the eastern escarpment of California’s Sierra Nevada is not for the faint of heart. The trail winds through three climatic zones off the desert floor at 6,500′ and up to Shepherd Pass at 12,000′ in the alpine zone. Ken Emerson and I made our way up the […]

Cabinet Range Hikes, Trip Report

Star Peak

16 May , 2015  

Star Peak is a mere 6,167’ but a whopping 4,000’ vertical from the start of the #998 trailhead. This is an easy one to reach – just off highway 2 before you get to Big Eddy Campground just outside of Heron, Montana. The Friends of Scotchman’s Peaks Wilderness (see ScotchmanPeaks.org) had eight hikers, all who […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Silver Dollar Peak

8 May , 2015  

Elevation: 7,181’ Rank: 22 Coordinates: 48.612N, 116.594W Trailhead: Chimney Rock Trail, No. 256 Trailhead elevation 4,020’ Estimated Time: 4 – 5 hours up, 3 – 4 down Southeast Ridge Class 1 5.25 miles, 3,161’ elevation gain Start the climb by parking at the Chimney Rock Trailhead. Cross the bridge and head south along the hillside […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Long Mountain

8 May , 2015  

Elevation: 7,265’ Rank: 19 Coordinates: 48.834N, 116.616W Trailhead: Pyramid Pass Trail, No. 13 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2.5 – 3 hours South Ridge Class 1 5.75 miles, 1,855’ elevation gain (2,495’ net) The simplest way to reach the summit of Long Mountain is by taking the Pyramid Pass Trail. The hike to […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Selkirk Mountain U-1

8 May , 2015  

Elevation: 7,709 Rank: 1 Coordinates:48.847N, 116.554W Trailhead: Big Fisher Lake Trail, No. 41 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ Estimated Time: 3 – 4.5 hours South Slopes Class 1 5.75 miles, 2,299’ elevation gain (2,799’ net) The highest peak in the U.S. Selkirks is at best, unassuming, not terribly interesting, and somewhat uninspiring. Unlike the impressive granite peaks […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Fisher Lake Cirque U-4

8 May , 2015  

Elevation: 7,530’ Rank: 9 Coordinates: 48.837N, 116.569W Trailhead: Big Fisher Lake Trail, No. 41 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2.5 – 3 hours South Ridge Class 1 4.75 miles, 2120’ elevation gain (2,320’ net) This is similar to Myrtle Peak in that the trail simply passes close to a high point in route […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Trout Peak U-3

8 May , 2015  

Elevation: 7,535’ Rank: 8 Coordinates: 48.823N, 116.607W Trailhead: Big Fisher Lake Trail, No. 41 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2-3 hours East Ridge Class 1 6.5 miles RT, 2125’ elevation gain This is the easiest route up Trout Peak (U-3). The hike into Trout Lake is 3 miles. You do not go all […]

Selkirk Range Hikes, Trail Description

Pyramid Peak

8 May , 2015  

Elevation: 7,355’ Rank: 11 Coordinates: 48.812N, 116.622W Trailhead: Pyramid Pass, No. 13 Trailhead elevation 5,410’ (not sure) Estimated Time: 2-3 hours The most direct way to summit Pyramid Peak is off the trail that crosses the crest at 6500’. You can exit the trail slightly before the crest and head up a steep boulder field […]