Route: Saddle Peak (MT)

Submitted by Jeff Garmire on Sat, 06/27/2020 - 09:45am
Location
Montana, US
Distance
9.2 mi
Vertical Gain
3,747 m
Description

One of the more iconic and prominent peaks in the Bridger Range of Southern Montana. The peak sits at 9,162' and offers views of mountain ranges in all directions. The saddle consists of two distinct summits (South and North) with the northern summit being the highest. With the short Montana summers, snow exists on the trail often until July. With nearly 4,000' in elevation gain, the peak is a challenge easily accessible from Bozeman. 

This route has a Strava segment.

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Wonderful out and back route. We gave this a go early this morning and fell short, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. We arrived from Connecticut (sea level) yesterday, but that isn't an excuse, just a hindrance. Debbie was hurting on the climb, and then she left me in the dust (though the ground was wet from last night's rain) on the descent. She pushed hard but was about nine minutes behind the women's FKT. We were aiming to both beat that one as a team, but alas, it wasn't to be. 

We did get a magnificent sunrise and though the smoke reduced the views, it made them unique. You can check out my Strava activity and see some neat photos. 

I posted some videos on my Instagram feed

This run was definitely worth it.