When asked by some friends to hike to Tuchuck on Thursday, I just couldn’t resist although it would be my third hike to Tuchuck in two weeks!
Now that the switchbacks to the top have been reclaimed, this is one of the best hikes in the Whitefish Range despite the fact that it consists of 4200 feet of elevation gain and almost 14 miles roundtrip. It is the most strenuous hike in the northern Whitefish Range.
Thursday was a perfect day for hiking with sunny skies and warm temperatures. The alpine larch trees which were gloriously golden two weeks ago have lost most of their needles in the high country. The snow that covered the mountain last week is completely gone. There was evidence that bears had been digging along the trail since a week ago.
From the summit, there is a good view of all of the wild country that was proposed for wilderness designation by the Whitefish Range Partnership. In addition, one can see the peaks of Glacier National Park to the southeast, the Canadian Rockies to the north, the Ten Lakes Wilderness Study Area to the west, and innumerable peaks in the Kootenai National Forest.