ElevationAscent: 2,816' 858 m
Descent: -1,388' -423 m
High: 7,417' 2,261 m
Low: 4,678' 1,426 m
GradeAvg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 37% (20°)
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“This trail is steep up and steep down, but passes an incredible alpine section with epic views.”— Jake Bramante
As you finally begin to get up on the shoulder of Gable Mountain, more lakes, rivers, and mountains become visible. The peak that truly takes your breath away is Chief Mountain to the northeast which is sacred to the Blackfeet. You continue to gain elevation as you traverse the base of Gable Mountain's cliffs. Pikas are frequently seen here, so be listening for their signature "eeps" from among the boulder fields.
Once at the junction with Lee Ridge, large limestone boulders among alpine flower meadows make for a perfect spot to relax before dropping down to Slide Lake.
Past the junction with Lee Ridge, the trail continues to traverse, getting closer to Gable Pass proper and the ridge that heads out to Chief Mountain. Once at the pass, the trail begins another incredibly steep descent. It passes more incredible pika habitat and levels off for a bit, then continues through trees steeply down to the campsite at Slide Lake.
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