Difficulty: Class 1 walk up
Usage: Hiking, Trail Running, Snow Shoeing
Terrain: Relatively easy terrain for the region. The Grandjean approach is a steady climb and the summit is reached by steep hiking on broad open slopes near the top.
Traffic: One of the more explored peaks in range because of the trail and the terrific views. You should expect to see a hiker or 2 during the summer months. Winter and Fall offer solitude.
Summit Register: Yes. There was a cairn at the top and summit log as of 2009
History / Entomology: Named for it's wonderful views of the Sawtooth Range and relatively easy access. The views of the northwest side of Regan are terrific. Observation gives a view of the Sawtooths looking south, so the north sides of many peaks are visible. There is evidence of mining on the lower slopes in the form of cabin remnants, mines, addits, and prospects.
Nearest Paved Roads: ID-21
Nearest Dirt Roads / Conditions: Grandjean Road, Stanley Lake Road
Approach Trails / Conditions: Trail Creek from Grandjean area (Very Good), Stanley Lake Trail (Very Good), Elk Creek Pack Trail (Fair)
Main Route: Trail Creek Class 1- From the Grandjean Trailhead, follow the Trail Creek turnoff (left) up canyon past the Trail Creek Lakes turnoff (stay left). At the prominent 4 way junction near BM 8032, follow the trail west (left). This area has some burned pines. The trail steepens in section here and switchbacks near the summit.
Descent: Retrace your steps.
Main Route Stats: 12.4miles / 4964 (round trip)
Average RT Time: 4-7 hours
Other Routes: Stanley Lake Class 1- From the Stanley Lake trailhead follow the main trail south past Lady Face Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Greenback Mine to the prominent 4 way intersection. From here follow the summit trail west up steep switchbacks below the summit. This approach goes just west of McGown Peak and is easier if your already in Stanley.
Descent: Retrace your steps.
Main Route Stats: 16.0miles / 3532 (round trip)
Average RT Time: 6-9 hours
Jurisdiction: National Forest (Sawtooth National Recreation Area)
Other Users / Issues: Pack Animals
Maps: USGS Quad- Grandjean, Stanley Lake.
Guide Book: Tom Lopez, Idaho: A Climbing Guide,
When to Climb
Climbing Season: Summer, Fall (June-Oct)
Ideal Climbing Time: June-Oct
Nearest Weather Station: Stanley
Weather Relative to Region: located in the northern part of the range, this area receives plenty of snowfall and holds it late into June/July. However, because of the decent access, this area is a candidate for winter travel and/or early season exploration. During winter, colder air will often sit below in the valleys and the Observation Peak area will be warmer and basked in sunshine. By warmer, I mean 5 F instead of -15 F , for example.
Car Camping Sites: Stanley Lake and Grandjean areas offer lots of drive in camp sites
Backpacking Sites: Trail Creek Lakes, Trailer Lakes, McGown Lakes and places along Stanley Creek afford good spots. The Grandjean /Trail Creek approach doesn't have as many good sites.
Flora & Fauna
Potential Wildlife: Badger, Beaver, Black Bear, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Cougar, Coyote, Elk, Marmot, Marten, Moose, Mountain Goat, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Pika, Wolf
Confirmed Wildlife: Pika, Elk, Mule Deer, Moose
Vegetation: Lodgepole, Ponderosa, Engelman Spruce