Ch-Paa-Qn Peak

Ch-Paa-Qn Peak, Salish for “gray, treeless mountain top”, is one of those mountains that can be seen throughout the Mission Valley when looking south due to its height (7,996 ft) and its relative isolation from any other larger peaks. I’ve been staring at the mountain for nearly as long as I can remember and thinking to myself that one day I am going to climb it.

I used to think I could just drive up North Valley Creek Road until the road stopped and start hiking. You probably CAN do that but the route through Ninemile is a much better road and very clearly marked.

Although it was a bit overcast the day my uncle and I hiked and the views were a bit muted, it was still an awesome day and I will definitely be back on a clear day to soak in the 360 degree views of God’s country.

Where's the grouse?

Where’s the grouse?

Along the trail.

Along the trail.

A well-weathered tree.

A well-weathered tree.

Trail sign selfie!

Trail sign selfie!

It's all up from here.

It’s all up from here.

John about halfway up the summit.

John about halfway up the summit.

Peak-bagging-grins.

Peak-bagging-grins.

I can't imagine what the views are like on a sunny day.

I can’t imagine what the views are like on a sunny day.

If you go:

Forest Service directions

SummitPost

Missoulian

~ by snyelmn on October 23, 2015.

 
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