Electric Peak

Elevation (feet): 10,992
Elevation (meters): 3,350
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Teton Range - Yellowstone Area
State: Montana
Latitude: 45.0053
Longitude: -110.837
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Billings
Convenient Center: Gardiner

Thanks to Dan Iron Hiker for adding this peak.

Electric Peak is the highest summit in the Gallatin Mountains, a small range in northwestern Wyoming and southern Montana. Its summit is a pointed pyramid and can be seen from long distances. The climb via the southeast ridge is long, about 10 miles one way, but is mostly easy, except for the last half mile, which is very narrow and exposed. A rock wall blocks the way about halfway along the ridge requiring one to scramble around it. The rest of the way to the peak involves more scrambling. The view is superb and includes practically all of Yellowstone National Park.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 14 trip reports for Electric Peak.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #21013 - by Jared Howerton on Sep 06, 2007
    I actually hiked Electric Peak twice within a week back when I was 20. The first trip (along with 2 other friends) we didn't get on the trail until about noon and needless to say didn't get back to...
  • Log #19184 - by Matt on Sep 27, 2006
    We set out from our camp about 6AM and started hiking towrads the mountain. Once we got there we just tried follow the path which was layed out using piles of rocks till you get about 3/4 of the way...
  • Log #10945 - by Ben Laster on Nov 07, 2004
    Car to car from Glen creeek in 5 1/2 hours. Saw 4 grizz; sow w/ 2 cubs and a rather large boar that I got about 30 yards from.(slightly nerve racking) The mountain is very cool. Fun climb.
  • Log #10956 - by Dan "Iron Hiker" Saxton on Sep 14, 2004
    This was one of the few peaks that I failed to conquer (another is the Traveler in ME). The final rock wall stymied me and my dad climbed to the summit alone and back. It took him more than an hour...
  • Log #10946 - by Bruce Howland on May 09, 2004
    I have read, in old guide books, that one's hair stands on end at the summit of Electric peak - hence the name. Is this true, or is it just the "hairy" climb? BH
  • Log #10947 - by David W. Clemmons on Mar 06, 2004
    August of 1982: Left the Trailhead near Gardiner with friends Shannon Riddle and Kathy Webb (We three were lodging employees with TWA at Canyon that summer, along with two others who wimped out on...
  • Log #10948 - by Andy Pratt on Dec 16, 2003
    Electric Peak is a great day hike. It is somewhat strenous as you hike for 20 miles with 8 of those being on the mountain. I came in from Swan Lake area which is a a couple miles longer than the...
  • Log #10949 - by Tracy on Nov 11, 2003
    I loved this hike! I have to admit that it was the hardest one I attempted that summer. Getting a late start from Glen Creek trailhead we were chasing the sun to get to Sportsman Lake by dark. I...
  • Log #10950 - by michael nunn on Jan 24, 2002
    I climbed Electric peak when I was working at canyon lodge in 1998. It was a nice hike in and a good scramble to the summit. Their is a great view of gardner,MT on the summit. Check out the hoo doos...
  • Log #10951 - by Steve Jones on Aug 17, 2001
    This is the most beautiful hike I have ever been on. One of the hardest but it was well worth it. I would deinitly do it again given the chance. My only dissapointment is that is was very cold and...
  • Log #10952 - by Doug Armknecht on July 29, 2000
    The other posts explain the climb pretty well. What else can I say? It's awesome! The climb is actually quite easy (i.e., it's a good trail, but a steep one) until you get right near the summit. Just...
  • Log #10953 - by Steve Dobbs on July 16, 2000
    A group of 8 of us planned to climb Electric Peak from the SE side. We camped the night before at the nearest established campsite. That morning, we all set out. Most of the way was relatively easy...
  • Log #10954 - by Bob Martin on Mar 27, 2000
    Route finding was very difficult particularly at the top. I climbed while employed in YNP. Do not underestimate the route and stick to the trail if tou can find it on the scree at top.
  • Log #10955 - by Gandalf on Jan 18, 2000
    Electric Peak presents a formidable but very rewarding day hike for hardcore morons like myself. If you don't mind a 20-mile round trip and exposed scrambling on horrible rock, all in the heart of...