East Face Gallatin Peak

North Madisons

An isolated, moderately steep open face.

Ski Touring Severe

Distance
804 m
Ascent
0 m
Descent
372 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
3 km
High Point
3.3 km
Gradient
43˚
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East Face Gallatin Peak Map

Description

The East face of Gallatin Peak is a one of the hardest ski objectives in the area. It is about 1000 feet vertical and has a pitch in the high 30 degrees. This face can hold great powder if you time it right. You are about 8 miles from the car when at the bottom of the East face, so prepare appropriately for the day. Ascend the South face and once at the top, you can peer over onto the East face. There usually are no cornices on the access points, but do have an understanding of the current snowpack situation. It is hard to access Gallatin peak any way you look at it; it sits at the head of Hellroaring creek, but this is not the preferred way to access it. Most will go from either Bear or Beehive Basins. The Bear Basin route is about 7 miles with one up-down before the final climb. Park at the North Fork trailhead and head up into Bear Basin all the way to the head. Once here, head up about 500 feet to gain the ridge to the east. Drop into Hellroaring towards the South face of Gallatin. Coming from Beehive, it is about 6 miles, but you have 2 up-downs before you get to the base of Gallatin Peak. Park at Beehive Basin. Hike about 2 miles up the drainage. after the first peak to the East, hike up a chute looker's left of this peak. This will get you past Middle Basin, avoiding another up down. Ski down into and across the head of Bear Basin. Then climb the 500 feet to the ridge on the East side. This will put you on the edge of Hellroaring and you can ski down to the South face of Gallatin Peak from here. After skiing the East face, boot or skin back up it, and ski the South face and go back the way you approached hours earlier.

Difficulty

Severe

Steep skiing at 38-45 degrees. This requires very good technique and the risk of falling has serious consequences.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, December

Features

  • Cliffs
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Skins
  • Crampons