Trapper Peak, Bitterroot National Forest, Darby MT

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  1. I'm not sure of the elevation gain on this hike, but I will say that this is the most strenuous hike that I have taken. The RT length of the trail is around 9 miles from the parking lot. The climb is steady the entire way and alternates from moderate to very strenuous in difficulty.

    The view at the top is incredible and well worth the effort. Note: Take plenty of water. There are NO creeks or lakes to get water from. Unless you find snow to melt, there are no sources.

  2. There are some water sources along the trail about 3 miles in just before you make the final push to the top. I opted to go off trail and away from the cliff face and followed a stream up to near the peak.

  3. the data for the elevation gain and round trip comes from the garmin gps 60CSx which I have found to be accurate-ish but it does leave me scratching my head at times.

    I'm still up in the air as to if this is more strenuous than "big joe"