Ascent of Trapper Peak on 2013-07-13
|Others in Party:||Alan Bernier|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Saturday, July 13, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||10157 ft / 3095 m|
Ascent Trip ReportBagged during a travel day between McDonald Peak and Diamond Peak.
Used Baker Lake route on advice from Greg Slayden who was there 2 days earlier. Nice high trailhead and great scenery, more interesting than standard route.
Baker Lake trailhead (N45.89489 W114.24199) signposted from the highway at N45.90128 W114.21200. Many zigzags, just ignore any turnings. Baker Lake trail signposted at far end of parking lot. Pretty obvious trail, just the odd minor turnoff to ignore. Switchbacks through nice forest, big bend R then area of impressive fallen boulders. Just before Baker Lake a wide slabby area is reached with the trail exiting L and soon reaching the very pretty lake (N45.89182 W114.26179), popular with anglers.
Direct route towards Trapper starts by crossing lake outflow. Several trails leading along or parallel to shore. From N45.88902 W114.26230 a single trail which crosses a dry rocky stream bed then zigzags steeply up onto the ridge then turns R along it. Becomes indistinct; a minor rocky summit (N45.88697 W114.27202, 2674m) is reached with a dramatic view of the deep valley leading up from Baker Lake.
Route from here crosses fairly open ground with some scrub. Best views from keeping close to edge.
At N45.88926 W114.28514 where the cliffs cut back in, an intermittent trail heads for the summit. The final ascent is bouldery, with one section which can either be scrambled (YDS 3) or bypassed to its L on boulders.
Summit (N45.88974 W114.29776, 3094m) has a bench mark plus an older trig point. Great views.
The small summit to north (N45.89166 W114.28800, 3020m, about P40m) is quite striking and we visit on our way down.
We then continue south to climb Diamond Peak the following day.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3287 ft / 1000 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||3287 ft / 1001 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS 2|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail, Open Country|
| Weather:||Hot, Calm, Clear|
| Gain on way in:||3156 ft / 961 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 3123 ft / 952 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m|
| Loss on way in:||33 ft / 10 m|
| Start Trailhead:||Baker Lake TH 7034 ft / 2143 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 5 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||3254 ft / 991 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 3123 ft / 952 m; Extra: 131 ft / 39m|
| Gain on way out:||131 ft / 39 m|
| End Trailhead:||Baker Lake TH 7034 ft / 2143 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 55 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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