Once called Snowy Peak, no doubt because of the huge quantities of the white stuff it receives during the winter months, this massive mountain’s current name is recognized by many who live in the Bitterroot Valley.
Of the peaks surrounding the Big Creek Drainage, Ranger Peak is the most-climbed.
Situated on the rim of the Big Creek Cirque northwest of Big Creek Lakes, Ranger Peak (8,817’) provides some of the most spectacular views available in the Bitterroots and is well worth the effort required to reach to its summit.
This summit is most easily reached from the Big Creeks Trailhead.
The two most used routes follow either the southeast ridge or the south ridge which connects Ranger Peak to Ranger Point. Climbing Ranger Point, followed by an easy scramble (Class 2+) north along the ridge-crest, is probably the most enjoyable and certainly the less strenuous.
It is also possible to reach Ranger Peak from the summit of Old Stormy. However, the upper portion of that route is very exposed Class 4 and 5.—Michael Hoyt