Trapper Peak Trail

HARD 22 reviews
#12 of 40 trails in

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.

8.0 miles
3723 feet
Out & Back





no dogs

9 months ago

We backpacked in to Baker Lake, camped and then went up via the Gem Lake Gully. We returned via the Baker Lake Ridge. The return has a steep decent close to Baker. Gem Lake Gully was a climb but not too tough. My 4 year old son did the whole hike to the summit unaided. The trailhead trail doesn't go directly to Baker Lake. We tried to head back to the trailhead after getting cached bags at Baker and we followed cairns that did not go back to the trail. We ended up getting lost and had to simply camp another night in the woods until the sun came up. We had to call Search and Rescue to ping our exact location and they said it is very common for people coming out of Baker Lake to miss the trail. Just made for an even funner memory. Make sure you properly find the trail if you head back via Baker Lake. This is a nice step up if your family has done some of the easier hikes around the area (such as Lolo Peak, St. Mary's and Cha Pa Quinn). Have fun!

10 months ago

Awesome views from the top... highly recommend going through middle lake and Gem lake and up through the gully if you're up for the challenge. Super fun hike

11 months ago

Loved this hike! The trail is steep but the views make it worthwhile, they are stunning.

11 months ago

All clear and ready for action July 15 2017. Reviews below describe the amazing trail but it's always tough for a local to know what conditions are like. Snowpack is completely gone from the trail this week. Only a few small snow banks off-piste but not on trail. Even the scree field at the top is clear. Stunning as always, hike away!

11 months ago

Starts tough ends tougher, both up and down are workouts. It is easy to miss the trail in the way back before hitting the tree line. Use extreme care in the boulder section.

11 months ago

Awesome yet pretty steep most of the way. There's still lot of snow left just below the tree line making finding trail difficult. It's a good idea to download the route before you loose reception soon after you get off the 93. But it was really quiet and the views were beautiful. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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!!!!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

First mile is the hardest!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

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

Friday, July 08, 2016

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!

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 :)

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

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

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.

Friday, July 10, 2015

The views are incredible! Worth the hard climb!

Monday, May 19, 2014

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

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.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017