Dylan and I had planned on climbing it last Memorial Day but the weather wasn't cooperating and it snowed all weekend. Even with the Idaho forest fires covering the area in a blanket of smoke we figured this would be our chance.
|Taylor and Dylan relaxing at Montana Ale Works|
We had come prepared though - Taylor had lent us her bear spray. Luckily, we didn't need it.
There was a great trail leading up from Bear Creek and we made quick time in the cool, albeit smoky morning.
|Our objective through the smoke|
In a little less than 3 hours we had covered the 5 miles to a saddle with "The Helmet" and started following a climbers trail up a broad gully on Sphinx Mountain.
|Dylan with the Helmet behind him|
With the wind blowing we didn't stay on the summit long. The trip down went very quickly and we were back at the car a little over two hours later.
|Looking back on the way down.|
Mileage - ~12 miles
Elevation - ~4600 feet
Car to Car Time - 6 hours