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Ascent to Beartooth Mountain-1 mile SE of Black Canyon Lake on 2015-07-22

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Marshall Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Point Reached:Beartooth Mountain - 1 mile SE of Black Canyon Lake
    Location:USA-Montana
    Elevation:8560 ft / 2609 m
    Remaining Elevation:3791 ft / 1155 m (100% left to go)

Ascent Trip Report

My son, Marshall, and I had finished successful climbs of both Silver Run and Whitetail Peaks. We hoped do a side trip on the way back to the car and hike up Black Canyon as far as we could and make a base camp for a summit bid on Beartooth Mountain. We were quickly halted by the thick overgrowth of vegetation. We did find intermittent trails, but they appeared to be used by fishermen trying to locate special sites for their own sport and not for climbing. All these paths tended to lead north to a very pleasant stream, which probably does have good fishing as evident from the lack of use and thus, not overfished. We made a fair effort to head southwest up the valley to Black Canyon Lake, but the maize of trees was a huge obstacle. It might be possible to pass through this area without a pack, but a loaded backpack makes progress extremely slow and in some places impossible due to the extra width added to the hiker's body. According to the topo map, the forest should only last about 1/2 mile from the Lake Fork Trail below, but the trees are probably traded in for a lot of bouldering, especially around Black Canyon Lake. I am hopeful a route from the southwest can be found with a base camp at either Jasper Lake or Silver Tarn. There does not appear to be a trail to these lakes, but they are above tree line and, for the most part, the elevation contours do not appear to be unmanageable with a loaded pack.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp



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