Camas Point viewed from Middle Camas Peak.

Michael Hoyt

Camas Point viewed from Middle Camas Peak.

One of the most popular destinations for hiking in the Bitterroot Mountains is the cirque which contains Kidney Lake plus the Upper, Middle, and Lower Camas Lakes. Surrounding this cirque is a rocky rim populated by five summits. Carved by long-gone glaciers, it’s likely this area was originally a single mountain reaching a much higher elevation than the current summits.

Filled with a mixture of Whitebark Pine and Alpine Larch, the Camas Cirque is a particularly beautiful place during autumn. A base-camp high in the cirque is a great place from which to climb the rim’s highpoints on a multi-day outing in one of the best places in the Bitterroots to enjoy the most colorful time of the year.

To reach Camas Point (8,909’), begin at the Camas Lakes Trailhead and follow the long-established trail to Upper Camas Lake. Proceed on the well-worn path around the north side of the lake before going off-trail (Class 2) and bushwhacking to the upper level of the Camas Cirque.

Hike northwest to the saddle between Camas Point and Ward Mountain before hiking and scrambling westward to the summit of Camas Point.

—Michael Hoyt


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