|Bypassing gendarmes about half way through the traverse.|
|Plateau cruising west of Sweeney.|
|Leah descending from Sweeney peak.|
|Weaving around scrappy trees with Lolo peak in the background.|
This is a good outing. With the full car shuttle, it is only a few hours longer than doing a simple out and back to Lolo peak. No matter how you skin the shuttle cat, it is very reasonable day as long as you run the downhill trail sections. Although I believe detailed route description is available on Summitpost, the routfinding is intuitive. 7.5 hours car to car at a moderate pace, except the ridge scrambling, which was relaxed.
It doesn't take a lot of imagination to wonder if starting the day farther afield (Bass creek? St. Mary's to Heavenly Twins?!) would make for a worthwhile long outing...