10.8 miles, ~3,500 ft of gain, 7.5 hrs
I’ve had Trapper’s Peak on my list for years, mainly so I could get a view of the Picket Range up close (which was absolutely worth it). But the climb was beautiful by itself too - a wonderful ramble through the forest up to the Thornton Lake notch, then up along the ridge to the summit knob. There was intermittent snow, starting around 3.5 miles in, and the ridge alternated between snow-covered and fully melted out. For the final push up to the summit, we had the option between chossy looking rock + heather and steep snow, so we chose the snow and then enjoyed the view!