Looking for partners for Mt Cleveland asap. I can arrive the day before and should be able to secure permits. Easiest route due to border closure is via the Belly River from the Chief Mountain trailhead then via Stoney Indian Pass. I'm thinking 4 days: 2 day approach, 1 day summit, 1 day out. 3 days also possible if needed. Starting this coming Sunday (Aug 22nd) would be preferable but I have some flexibility.
Hey Ben, Luck with it. I've done Cleveland twice, once from each side. The ledge route from Stony Indian is elegant. We did it from a camp at Sue Lake (we had just done The Nervous Traverse/Ipasha Connection) and it was a very long day. Fresh Griz tracks on the summit snow. If you need to call an audible Mount Merrit is right there, and Kaina also. All are memorable.
Ben, we did the southwest side which comes up from the Kootenai Lakes area, first on elk trails. Actual ascent is a moderate scramble. Memory has that being considered the standard route back then ( early 90's)
Ledges have some exposure but I don't remember it as awful. As you exit the ledge onto the broader slope leading to the summit you may want to take a moment to look back at your exit route. I mistakenly began the wrong ledge on our descent.
Bear in mind that my experience is near 30 years back and something may have slid in the time since. Glacier rock is not Sierra granite. Joke was one hand to climb, one hand to hold the mountain together.
Edit: I googled "images for Stoney Indian ledge route to Mount Cleveland" and a number of pictures came up.
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