• Sacagawea
  • 2941 m
  • Primary factor 1204 m
  • Montana, USA
  • Location: North 45.89579, West 110.96854 (GPS at the summit)
  • Difficulty: YDS class 1.
  • Climbed August 10. 2012


How to get there:
This mountain is named in honor of a Shoshone woman that travelled with the Lewis and Clark expedition from South Dakota to the Pacific (and back). She acted as an interpreter and guide and has become quite famous as part of early American history.
From I-90, junction 306 (in Bozeman Montana), take US 86 northeast for approximately 20 miles. The mountain is visible in the distance up front on your left hand side. After a bit of downhill, turn left onto Fairy Lake Road (signposted Fairy Lake) and follow this road 6 miles to the Fairy Lake trailhead. This road is dirt, but ok for normal cars. One should fork right after about 1 mile. Park here at location N45.90693, W110.96052, elevation about 2320 meter.

Here is a quick reference and summary of all peaks visited on my 2012 summertrip to the USA.
Route description:
First, continue uphill on a short section of road that was closed to traffic when we were there. You will (shortly) arrive at the proper trailhead with signs, a parking area and toilet facilities.
A good trail starts uphill through forest, then zig-zags higher in order to reach a small, open valley. The route continues to the very bottom (upper end) of this little basin, then more zig-zags as it climbs up the steeper slope to reach the col. Next, follow the ridge left, subsequently contouring into the right hand side (west slope) of the mountain, then make the short final ascent from its south side to the summit.
I did this hike with Rob woodall. We were in transit between Crazy peak and Cloud Peak and this hike was an easy side trip on a day where we also hooked up with Edward Earl for lunch.
We left the car at 1525 and started up the last short part of the road (closed off to vehicles) in order to find the proper trailhead with signs, a parking area and toilet facilities. The hike was pretty straightforward and we made the summit by 1635. The weather looked like it would detoriate and we left by 1640, reaching the car at 1730. Our rental car was seriously low on fuel and we roll almost back to the village of Bozeman before the situation is resolved.