This is a nice summit just north-northwest of Carlton Lake. The best view of Carlton Point is from Vista Point on the east ridge route to Lolo Peaks. Adding Carlton Point to a Lolo Peaks climb bags you three summits in one day and includes some Class 2+ scrambling during the ascent of Lolo Peak’s north summit.

Climbing this summit on early-season, well-compacted snow is a treat with little or no danger of avalanche. The incline is not steep enough to require the use of an ice axe or crampons. However, care should be taken if you continue to the Lolo’s north summit—that route is avalanche prone.

For the easiest climb of Carlton Point, follow the same approach as you would for a climb of Lolo Peaks until you reach Vista Point on Carlton Ridge. From there, descend along the connecting ridge to the saddle, followed by an easy ascent up the ridge-crest to the summit.

The connecting ridge to Lolo Peak’s north summit is an easy hike to a saddle followed by a fairly simple climb up a stable mix of talus and boulders, Class 2+ at most.

Michael Hoyt


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