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Don’t let Sac’s title as “the highest point in the Bridgers” scare you. By driving to the Fairy Lake campground, you’ll have removed 7,500 feet of effort from her 9,666-foot summit. Strong hikers can get through the woods, up to the saddle and around to the summit in under an hour, one way. (The aforementioned "strong hikers" may also prefer the lower trailhead, well marked and about halfway up the Fairy Lake FS road.) But no matter how long it takes you to top out, the memory of the view will stick for a long time (assuming the weather is good—if not, the view could be memorable for all the wrong reasons). In any case, Sacajawea is a peak that every able resident of our area should do at leastonce.
If you’re looking for... a place to ski in summer, off Sacajawea’s eastern ridge is a north-facing chute dubbed “The Great One.” It’s a favorite for local skiers in the warmer months, particularly on the Fourth of July.
Distance: 2.5 miles from Fairy Lake campground
Elevation gain: Approx. 2,000 feet
Season: It can snow on top any month of the year, but the trail is predominantly clear from July through September.
Trail(s) used: #534
Map of trailhead:
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