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Trapper Peak Trail

HARD 53 reviews

Trapper Peak Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Darby, Montana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Distance: 8.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,740 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

views

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

It was a good trail, very steep for most of the hike. Don't stop at the false peak, making it to the real summit is really worth it (and climbing over the rock slabs is fun). You feel like you are on top of the world.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

Well defined steep trail all the way to the ridge. No switchbacks- just straight up! We give the Trail only 4 stars as it’s mostly in trees. Once past the tree line and on the ridge it is 5 stars! The views are incredible and the scramble to the summit is fun. It’s a real boulder field so put the poles away so you can use your hands. Stay to the left of the false summit. There is somewhat of a trail through the boulder field. Look for the cairns but mostly just pick your own way across. Amazing views!!! We could see a more defined trail coming down which was well marked with cairns and followed it. It descended rapidly down the backside of the mountain then we had to head left across the alpine meadow until we hooked back into the trail. The drive up and down the road to the trail head is also fun!

recorded Trapper Peak Trail

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

September 1, 2019 -- this is the second time hiking up to the peak, the first being 9 years ago. This time around my husband and I took a 10-year-old, 2 14-year-olds, and 2 16-year-olds. It was most difficult for the 10-year-old, many stops were made, making it a very long day. The trail starts off steep, and while it slightly flattens off a couple times, it's steep most of the 4 miles to the top. At the timber line get ready for the boulder field. It's not a huge boulder field, but nonetheless, you do get to scramble to the peak. Just for reference: because of all the stops on the way up it took us 8.5 hours, 2 of those are going down non-stop.

hiking
3 months ago

Went with our 3 teenage sons. They kept a fast pace ahead of us on the way up and down. It was very steep with a little break in the middle. The scrambling is always a blast but the altitude definitely made me feel a little weak with a slight headache. But a nice long rest, water and food at the peak was enough to descend down. Wasn’t prepared for the sore knees. But all in all...a gorgeous, challenging summit!

hiking
3 months ago

Ass kicker up and down, beautiful view from the top though

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

I must say this trail is the toughest we’ve ever hiked! We did Crow Creek Falls a few weeks ago, Saint Mary a couple weeks ago, then an easy one (Blodgett Canyon Overlook) last week. I agree that this trail is challenging enough to rate as Hard. The difficulty makes it 100x more gratifying when you summit. We started the hike at 8:00 and it was perfect. Steep uphill from the start. Portion in the middle was flat and delightful. Last part was scrambling up false summit then across to Trapper Peak. Highly suggest trekking poles. Beautiful 360 view. Be prepared!! You’ll love it

hiking
3 months ago

We came to this trail from Japan. It was so nice trail, especially a view from the top.

running
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
scramble
4 months ago

Tough hike. Pushed a fast pace and made it to the summit in about 3 hours. Very well maintained trail, however there is a talus rock scramble to the peak for the last 30 mins of the hike. Amazing views. Trekking poles recommended.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
5 months ago

Best hike I’ve ever been on, also the most challenging. Bring plenty of water, there are no potable sources but can treat runoff with iodine tablets or jetboil snow. It is early July, 70° at the base and around town and arouns 45° at the peak with long stretches in hip deep snow. Stiff hiking boots and trekking poles strongly recommended. Make sure to bring layers. Trail is well marked until snow patch/scramble area as you start to ascend above treeline, but for a good part of it THE MAPPED TRAIL DOES NOT MATCH THE ACTUAL TRAIL.

Thu Sep 27 2018

I didn’t hike this trail, however my friends and I did climb Trapper Peak. Following is a description of the two other ways to climb the Peak; both are very scenic. First alternate trail; hike into Baker Lake, then proceed to Gem lake. From Gem Lake take the south couloir. As you near the top, bear right (it does get a little steeper). If you go left (east) you will come out upon a cliff. As you top out, continue west through the trees, climbing slightly. Eventually you will encounter the ridge trail of this hike. Second hike description; Again, hike into Baker Lake. From Baker go directly south. You may have to navigate around a small marshy area. If so, do it to the West but not too much: just skirt it. Your goal is to come in contact with the ridge directly south of Baker. There is a trail up this ridge: a steep 300 ft climb, on top of the ridge you will find a very nice trail which follows the south ridge. You will be looking down on Baker, Middle, and Gem Lakes. As you reach the ridge above Gem Lake, the trail fades some what. Continue on West through the same trees described in the first alternate trail hike, again climbing slightly. Views on both described trails are worth the hikes. One can go up the couloir from Gem Lake and come back the ridge trail. I would not recommend coming down the couloir.

Thu Aug 30 2018

What a great hike. Made it up in a little under 3 hours. Although it's a hard hike and would plan for at least 4 hours to get the top. Awesome views but very windy would bring extra clothes depending on the weather.

hiking
Thu Aug 09 2018

Fabulous hike and very challenging. Going up is challenging but coming down is very hard on the knees. Some in the party found using trek poles to be helpful especially coming down. I recommend going straight up to the false summit then drop down a little to scramble over to the saddle. Then climb straight up from the saddle to the peak. Best, easiest, and shortest route.

hiking
Sat Jul 21 2018

We hiked Trapper via Baker lake and it was absolutely Beautiful! Baker lake itself is very cool, but if you go up a little further in the hanging valley, you get to another, even more beautiful lake called middle lake. I hear that Gem Lake (just a little further up) is beautiful to, though we didn't have time to check it out. As described by other reviewers, it is easiest to turn directly south at the eastern edge of Baker lake (the first edge you get to). You can follow our trip by checking out our video here: https://youtu.be/hUkkoKuRo24

Sat Jul 14 2018

very hard trail..i went with teenagers.. so my knees hada hard time coming down.. best thing is... take your time. ..its gorgeous at the top.

Fri Jul 06 2018

We did this two years ago in July and it is one of the more challenging hikes I’ve ever done but so worth it. The last mile is a lot of scrambling. the view from the top is phenomenal and you’re able to see several lakes. Plan for a full day with plenty of water and snacks!

backpacking
Mon Sep 11 2017

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!

Sun Aug 06 2017

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

hiking
Tue Jul 18 2017

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

hiking
Sun Jul 16 2017

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!

hiking
Fri Jul 07 2017

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.

hiking
Mon Jun 26 2017

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!

Thu Apr 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!!!!

Sun Nov 13 2016

First mile is the hardest!

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