North Canyon Peak viewed from summit of Sheer Point.

Michael Hoyt

North Canyon Peak viewed from summit of Sheer Point.

All but invisible from the floor of the Bitterroot Valley, North Canyon Peak (9,042’) sits at the western end of the north rim of the Canyon Cirque, the division between the drainages of Canyon Creek (to the south) and Blodgett Creek (to the north).

 The rock arêtes which form the north ridge of the peak lie between two high cirques, both draining into Blodgett Creek. The cirque to the west extends south beyond North Canyon Peak and Canyon Peak and contains High Lake, a spot frequented by adventurous backpackers. 

Reach this summit from the Canyon Creek Trailhead. Hike along the sometimes rough and unmaintained but well-established trail to the apex of the trail above and before Canyon Lake. Go off-trail and traverse westward below the Romney Ridge Highpoint. Pass the obvious saddle and traverse on slab-granite directly toward North Canyon Peak. The last pitch to the very small summit is Class 3.

—Michael Hoyt

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