Ascent of Robinson Mountain on 2015-09-03

Climber: Duncan Lennon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, September 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Robinson Mountain
    Elevation:7539 ft / 2297 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbing this requires a moderate effort and is well worthwhile for the spectacular views into Canada and toward Glacier Park. Quite a bit of driving on excellent dirt logging roads will get you to the trailhead; from there the peak is about a 10-mile roundtrip hike by two possible routes.

From the west end of the bridge that crosses Lake Koocanusa, take a right and drive north, passing the junction of the Yaak River Road on the left. At a major Y intersection, bear slight left (still the main road, signed 470). This becomes dirt and climbs steadily into logging country. After a sharp left bend, road 7205 enters from the right. Take this. Here there are two possible trailheads. One that involves less driving and less elevation gain, but more hiking distance, is at the gated road 999 on the left. The main hiking trail begins a mile or so further on 7205, after that road crosses a small saddle.

Both Rd. 999 and the trail travel west to join the south ridge of Robinson. Here, a trail leaves 999, goes over a ridge, and rejoins 999. The normal trail enters 999 and travels north on it for a short way. This sounds confusing, but an obvious trail (159) shortly breaks left from 999 and climbs toward the peak, so the only thing you really need to do is find that. Bring a compass to make sure you're generally moving in the right direction. 159 climbs until reaching a signed junction. Left here towards Robinson moves you onto a steeper grade as the trail climbs through a basin. After a few switchbacks, a high ridge is attained and the lookout is visible about a mile away. Numerous switchbacks eventually lead up there.

For some reason, the recently re-sided unmanned lookout structure has been serving as a logbook for summit hikers. One Wisconsin family found the time to carve each of their names into the wood multiple times. Some Forest Service guys probably spent several weeks a few summers ago improving this historic structure; why deface it now? Instead of carving, enjoy the view: Koocanusa far below, the Whitefish Range beyond that, and several sharp peaks of the Livingston Range and the Canadian continental divide stand out. To the west, Northwest Peak is visible, along with many low peaks of the Purcells. This is a great climb and well worth the drive!
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    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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