Being the iconic ski mountain in the Bitterroots, I try to ski Trapper Peak every spring.
Blake and I left at a moderate time and found just a few drifts on the Baker Lake Road. Just as we prepared to hike the trail, it began snowing and showered on us off and on all day. The showers would send the temperature below freezing and when it quit the temp would rebound into the high thirties or forties. I chose a different tour than typical and we cruised through the col north of Gem Lake and skied the fun couloir there that ends in the basin below Trapper Peak's north face.
We skinned up into the basin below the peak admiring the view of the many couloirs off East Trapper Peak, Trapper Peak and North Trapper Peak. We skinned right up the main summit run and reached the summit in fair weather. The sucker hole closed out rather quickly and we descended the summit run directly from the snowfield, over a steep wind ridge, and down into the main run.
- Looking north towards North Trapper Peak
- John Lehrman
- Hopping through the gully below the main summit basin, Trapper Peak
We exited through the same col to Gem Lake and out to Baker Lake. Always an excellent choice this tour was one of my favorite routes to choose.