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Goose Creek to Chestnut Mountain Summit

Intermediate

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2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,617' 493 m
Descent: -37' -11 m
High: 7,654' 2,333 m
Low: 6,075' 1,852 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 12% (7°)
Max Slope: 38% (21°)
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Trail shared by Gary Hellenga

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Easy climb to good views

Gary Hellenga
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

Start at Goose Creek trailhead, and follow standard skin track for first 1.5 miles. The normal uptrack ends at two gnarled old trees as you reach the south ridge of Chestnut Mountain. Usually, this is also where you'll get hit by high wind blasts coming over the ridge from the west! Continue to the middle of the ridge crest, then turn right and follow the highest point of the ridge as it climbs north, gradually moving to the west (skier's left) side of the ridge.

Expect the whole way along the ridge to be windy, and snow to be wind-scoured and some sastrugi along the way. It flattens for about a half mile, then makes a small climb, then is mostly flat on to the summit. You'll know you're at the summit when the top of the ridge suddenly drops down into dense trees further to the north. Return on your uptrack (might want to keep skins on during the first flat part back along the ridge), or possibly drop down the drainage due east of the summit, and turn right when you hit the Forest Service road - this will take you south to re-join the uptrack route.

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Feb 19, 2019
Chris Wood
Easier to find the skin tracks through the woods, will be quicker, but steeper

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Photos

South side of Dirty Little Secret
Dec 13, 2016 near Bozeman, MT
The Bridger Mountain Range at sunrise.
Mar 18, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Dropping a knee.
Mar 18, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Looking SE across the some of the skiing terrain. A small burn area.
Mar 15, 2015 near Bozeman, MT
Looking north at the Bridgers. This top area would be great to lap in good snow conditions.
Mar 15, 2015 near Bozeman, MT

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