click to enlarge Blodgett Mountain's east and south ridges.

Michael Hoyt

Blodgett Mountain's east and south ridges.

Situated on the Montana/Idaho state-line a long way from any trailhead, this mountain is seldom visited, even by the most adventurous. With a summit invisible from the Bitterroot Valley, only those who have traveled far into the wilderness have had the opportunity to view this summit.

Blodgett Pass, the saddle on the ridge-crest between Montana and Idaho, has been significant to humans for almost as long as we’ve inhabited this area of the earth. Used by Indians long before white men reached the rugged Bitterroots, trappers were next to use the pass to ease access to their winter trap-lines.

According to the journals and letters of Major John Owen, Blodgett Creek, Canyon, and Mountain are named for Joseph Blodgett, a packer in the Bitterroot Valley during the early 1860s.

To climb Blodgett Mountain (8,587’), hike the well-worn trail from the Blodgett Creek Trailhead to Blodgett Pass. Leave the trail and ascend westward along the ridge-crest to an elevation near 7,875’ (Class 2+). Traverse west-southwest across Blodgett’s southern face and gain the mountain’s southwest ridge. From there it’s an easy northeast walk up the broad ridge-crest to the summit.

—Michael Hoyt


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