Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

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Brian95
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Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Brian95 » July 25th, 2018, 1:28 pm

This trail is in need of some significant maintenance between the ridge crest at around mile 3.5 and the Great Pyramid viewpoint.

Up from the trailhead until the crest, the trail is steep but easy to follow, well-graded, and mostly clear of understory. There is some blowdown, but nothing large enough to impede progress.

Starting at the crest, however, there is a substantial amount of undergrowth creeping into the tread. There is one medium-sized downed tree that is hard to navigate around; going under is the only option and doing so with a large backpack would be next to impossible. The biggest obstacle by far, however, is the condition of the tread. Especially around the crest, the trail is significantly eroded, and in many places it is a challenge to find good footing. As the tread is only around a foot wide in spots, this presents a significant impediment.

I didn't go farther than the viewpoint, so can't comment on the rest of the trail.
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greenjello85
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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by greenjello85 » July 25th, 2018, 3:00 pm

Brian95 wrote:
July 25th, 2018, 1:28 pm
I didn't go farther than the viewpoint, so can't comment on the rest of the trail.
Between the pyramid and devils peak are hundreds of down trees concentrated near the intersection with green canyon way.

Brian95
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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Brian95 » July 25th, 2018, 3:46 pm

greenjello85 wrote:
July 25th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Between the pyramid and devils peak are hundreds of down trees concentrated near the intersection with green canyon way.
Is the trail between Green Canyon Way and Devil's Peak passable? If it's doable that's another spot on my bucket list for the summer.

greenjello85
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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by greenjello85 » July 25th, 2018, 4:25 pm

It’s passable but has a TON of down trees and the trail is generally worse than the section you posted about.

Thuja
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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Thuja » July 31st, 2018, 8:54 pm

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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Webfoot » August 1st, 2018, 5:12 am

Thuja wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 8:54 pm
Anybody know if the trail is technically in the Salmon-Huckleberry wilderness or not? On the maps, it seems to run right along the edge of the wilderness. Wondering if chainsaws would be allowed or if it's a cross-cut saw kind-of-deal.
It looks like it is solidly within the Wilderness boundary. Here is a map:

http://umontana.maps.arcgis.com/apps/we ... 522,102113

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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Thuja » August 1st, 2018, 7:18 am

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Brian95
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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Brian95 » August 1st, 2018, 7:28 pm

Thuja wrote:
July 31st, 2018, 8:54 pm
Hiked up Hunchback last Wednesday with two friends on our first day of a 4 day backpack, camped at Devil's Peak.
I was the guy you saw heading down on your way up around 12:30 or so who told you about the first viewpoint :)

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Re: Hunchback Mountain Trail #793

Post by Thuja » August 1st, 2018, 9:32 pm

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