Elevation: 9,017 ft
GPS: 45.916, -110.98 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: A. Ginger on Jul 13, 2018
Admins: grk10vq, Zach Wahrer
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Description

A cool and unique feature that leads up the east face of Hardscrabble Peak.

Getting There

Driving and Parking:
From Bozeman, drive north on highway 86 for 21 miles then take a left for the signed Fairy Lake Rd. Drive down the dirt road for just over a mile to an obvious juncture, staying right for Fairy Lake (signed). Follow the dirt road for around 4.5 miles passing the Shafthouse Trailhead on the right. From the trailhead continue about 1/4 mile going through a Forrest Service gate to obvious parking on the left next to two well used campsites. The single track trail for the approach follows the creek up the hill to the right.

Approach:
Follow the single track trail across from the parking, crossing the creek and up the short steep hill arriving at the base of the large meadow leading uphill. Continue following the trail just over 3/4 of the way up the meadow, just before the strip of trees in the saddle. From here make your way off trail to the left and through a gap in the small ridge (in photos). From here The Bone Saw is easily seen in the next basin. Make your way through the easy basin and to the base of the scree field below the feature. Carefully hike up the scree and around the backside of the small tree covered fin feature below The Bone Saw, and up to its base. Overall, the approach takes between and hour to an hour and a half.

Descent:
Walk off. From the last belay follow the obvious easy ridge to the beautiful summit of Hardscrabble. From here walk down the ridge to the left (south), joining the Bridger Ridge trail. Take the trail around two more large rises in the ridge (don’t drop down too early) for about a mile eventually joining up the the Sacajawea Trail in a large saddle. Take the trail left down from the saddle for about 1.5 miles and to the trailhead. Follow the road back to the parking area.

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