Ranger Point over Big Creek Lakes.

Michael Hoyt

Ranger Point over Big Creek Lakes.

Sitting on the ridge—and the Montana/Idaho state line—south of Ranger Peak, this highpoint is sometimes mistaken for Ranger Peak because, being closer to the viewer, the perspective makes it appear more lofty. Though not the case, Ranger Point remains a worthy climbing goal.

Maps show the highpoint of Ranger Point (8,570’) to be where its north, south, and east ridges meet; however, the summit is actually on the north ridge a slight distance north of that spot and is marked with a state-line marker (a vertical 4’ section of steel pipe).

The Big Creek Trailhead provides the easiest access to this summit.

Though this peak can be climbed as a 1-day outing from the Big Creek Trailhead, it is much more enjoyable to establish a base-camp near the Big Creek Lakes and turn the climb into a multi-day event.

The best route to the summit ascends the ridge curving around the south side of the high cirque on the summit’s northeast side. Reaching the easy scramble (Class 2+) along this ridge requires an initial bushwhack from the established trail along the northwest shore of Big Creek Lake.

Michael Hoyt

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