Saddle Mountain 8258 by Dan Saxton

Elevation: 8,258 ft

This peak is found on page 87.


The information in the guidebook is correct, so I will only elaborate in a bit more detail.

It’s a nice walk to Saddle Mountain, an unique experience since you start from the Twin Lakes, reached by the only road that goes all the way to the state line in the Bitterroots – Lost Horse Road. The ridge lines leading to Saddle Mountain from Wahoo Pass are beautiful and open, with trees interspersed with open granite slabs.

Saddle Mountain has two peaks; the lower eastern one has some Class 3 pitches along its south ridge and some nice granite exposures. Going between the two summits, the ridge is too sharp to stick on all the way, so you must descend into the basin to the south before climbing either summit. The view from Saddle is breathtaking – no sign of civilization anywhere, just the vast expanse of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness……

Saddle Mountain from the ridge lines to its south. Dan Saxton Photo

Saddle Mountain from the ridge lines to its south. Dan Saxton Photo

Rock buttress on the south ridge of Saddle’s east peak. Dan Saxton Photo

Rock buttress on the south ridge of Saddle’s east peak. Dan Saxton Photo

The west (true) peak of Saddle Mountain from the east peak. Dan Saxton Photo

The west (true) peak of Saddle Mountain from the east peak. Dan Saxton Photo

Some of the high Bitterroot peaks in Montana from Saddle Mountain. Dan Saxton Photo

Some of the high Bitterroot peaks in Montana from Saddle Mountain. Dan Saxton Photo

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Mountain Range: Bitteroot Mountains

Longitude: -114.54239   Latitude: 46.18569

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