Trapper Peak Trail

HARD 14 reviews
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Trapper Peak Trail is a 8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Darby, Montana that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
8.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3795 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

views

rocky

scramble

1 month ago

2 months ago

This hike is a challenge. First I was hungover and not in the best shape! Lol so I would build up some endurance before hand. Maybe hike up st.marys peak in stevensville first. This hike is straight up for 4 miles and straight down for 4 miles. Once you get to the top you have a class 2 rock climbing to do. ( which is just a scramble using your hands from time to time) the top is breathe-taking but cold. Even during the summer months. We actually walked through some shin deep snow towards the top during June. PACK LIGHT! Do not bring a lot of food or water. Keep it in your car. You only need maybe one or two small waters and a piece of fruit or one energy bar. We brought wayyyyyy too much and had to shed the weight along the way. Of course who brings a 5lb bag of ham and 6 water bottles? Hungover people I guess. Once to the top try to keep track of the trail. Easy to get lost. We came across people that lost their friend. Watch for the trail markers. Happy hiking!!!!

7 months ago

First mile is the hardest!

hiking
9 months ago

Difficult trail but the views are worth it! Make sure you are in hiking shape!

hiking
11 months ago

Easy to get lost in the trail and cold at the top even in July. Pack layers and be prepared to do light rock climbing. Great view from the top and a lovely hike.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Skip the main trail and do the trail that takes you by the 3 lakes, starting with Baker Lake. Much more fun!

birding
Monday, November 16, 2015

Beautiful. Stunning overlooks, wonderful photo opportunities. Bring binoculars, wonderful eagle viewing! Wear very comfortable hiking boots and bring plenty of water. Incline going up was a bit tiring (ok we were panting haha). Well worth it. Would recommend completing without snow, a few iffy moments last week... Lots of slipping a sliding :)

hiking
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I wanted to add that the elevation gain going up to the top of trapper is something that one needs to be cautious about. Once ontop spend some time to adjust the air is thin at over 10,000 feet. It is a 12 hour day no doubt about it, goingback down is hard on the knees I would rrecommend wrapping your knees even the best knees will have a severe test

hiking
Monday, August 31, 2015

I made the walk to trapper peak saturday right from the trail head the trail starts to climb. It gets no easier the father you go. It is not for beginners or hikers that are not iin physical shape. Towards the top the trail gets very steep and long though the white pine area. Across the snow field the wind blows hard. The view is well woth the walk. The boulder field is where one needs to be very careful one slip and dangerous resulsccan happen. So my advice be in shape carry lots of liguid energy food andacwalking stick. This comes in keeping your balance. So have fun its gods window

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Very steep, but diverse trail. Amazing just above the treeline...there were still snow fields in July! The final climb is along an incredible drop-off (a couple 1000 ft at least) and finally the summit has awe-inspiring views. One of my favorite trails to this day and very obtainable by novice hikers. If you're in the area, DO NOT MISS this one.

hiking
Friday, July 10, 2015

The views are incredible! Worth the hard climb!

hiking
Monday, May 19, 2014

Imagine doing a stair climber for 3 hours at 10,000 ft elevation. Great views from the top though

hiking
Monday, November 18, 2013

Capped off a two week stay in MT with this hike. Took the standard route starting around mid-morning. Steep hiking up to the tree line then it opens up with some amazing panoramic views of the Bitterroot Mountains. Was told that this was a busy trail but only ran into a few hikers on the way.

This was my first 10k footer and worth every moment.