Backpack and Summit Trapper Peak

Baker Lake TH

A doable 10 thousand footer in Montana. A nice day hike with a bit of scrambling and potential to backcountry camp.

From Darby, MT, follow MT 473 south for 4 miles to West Fork Bitterroot River Rd. A mile past the Job Corps, at milepost 7, turn right on FS 5634 (Baker Point Rd.). Follow this road 10 miles to the trailhead at about 7000 ft.

The trail begins on a FS trail to Baker Lake. There are fish in Baker Lake and there are ample places to fish from the shore of the lake. There are two possible routes from Baker Lake. The first is taking the climbers trail past Middle Lake to Gem Lake. From Gem Lake, there is a gully of slabs and talus that will lead you to the plateau. From the plateau, cut up to the ridge and follow the ridge to the summit using the climbers trail.

The second route follows a different climbers trail due south of the lake that climbs straight up the ridge for 400 vertical ft. From the ridge, follow the ridge west northwest to the peak. Either route can be used to descend from Trapper Peak.

Gem Lake, Middle Lake, and Baker Lake offer potential to camp at the lakes. Be sure to obey local fire regulations as there is limited timber around the lake and fire restrictions around the lakes are instituted on the regular. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Hiking Boots
  • Bear Spray
  • Fishing Rod & License
  • Food
  • Camera
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RT Distance 8.75 Miles
Elevation Gain 3327 Feet
Activities Camping, Fishing, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Swimming Hole


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Apparently in MT November is Winter

I️ read the comments and reviews before I️ attempted this hike today, and thought that mid November was early enough to avoid any snow. I️ was way off. I’m a freshman at UM and my friends and I️ decided to tackle this hike. It’s our first winter here. We made it about 3/4 of the way up (plus an extra mile from the car bc our Subaru couldn’t take the drive to the trailhead) when we decided to turn around because of the snow. I’m 5’10 and it was up to my knees in a few places. When they say don’t hike this in the winter, they mean it😂

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