Hidden Montana: Rocky Mountain and Old Baldy 

The secret: Discover a wide-open view over the vast Bob Marshall Wildernes from this solitary summit.


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Author: themapeditor
Date: 20 May 2013 5:42:42 PM
Source: Trimble Outdoors website
Activity: Not Specified
State: Montana (MT)
Distance: 13.12 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 8590 ft
Total Loss: 8584 ft
Net Change: 7 ft
Difficulty: 5 / 10
USGS Topo Map: Our Lake, MT
Tags: Montana, Saypo
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

 

Hiding in the shadow of Glacier National Park but no less spectacular, the Sawtooths form a chainsaw crest of peaks fronted by flat-iron plates. The best peak-bag in the range is 9,392-foot Rocky Mountain, the highest point in the Bob. Scale it, plus another Sawtooth peak, on a two-night basecamp near Our Lake. Hike a half-mile on Trail 165 to Trail 184, then gain 800 feet in 1.1 mile to a small boulder field. Reach Our Lake, a treeline tarn wrapped on three sides by rocky ridges, in another .9 mile. Camp in the timberlands near treeline (Our Lake itself is closed to camping) and catch the morning sun. Next day, get an early start and aim for the saddle due west of the lake. Now choose from two easy-to-follow ridgelines: Head north 1.3 miles to 9,156-foot Old Baldy, or south 2.1 miles to Rocky Mountain. While climbing, keep an eye out for the fossils of seashells, corals, and tubeworms—indicating these limestone strata were once the floor of shallow Cretaceous-era seas, 70 to 100 million years ago. 

TO TRAILHEAD: 32 miles west of Choteau; 47.848821, -112.782555

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Distance: 2.72 mi Points: 121
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Distance: 10.40 mi Points: 441
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RMO001

Location: 47.848821, -112.782555
Trailhead. Follow Trail 165 south.

RMO002

Location: 47.843162, -112.785087
Turn right onto Trail 184 and follow it 1.1 mile (and 800 vertical feet) to a small boulder field.

RMO003

Location: 47.835946, -112.808454
Cross the outflow of Our Lake.

RMO004

Location: 47.836508, -112.813368
Set up basecamp among the pines.

RMO005

Location: 47.836336, -112.821966
From the saddle, head north along the ridge for 1.3 miles to Old Baldy, or south for 2.1 miles to Rocky Mountain.

RMO006

Location: 47.853851, -112.823123
Old Baldy (9,156 feet)

RMO007

Location: 47.812398, -112.800438
Rocky Mountain (9,392 feet)

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