Peak 8361 sits above Golden Lake on a ridge line that joins it to Snowslide Peak. From Golden Lake, this peak is a modest looking ridge. The south ridge is a pleasant, scenic Class 3 scramble.
Looking south from Snowslide, this peak is a jagged knifeblade sticking into the sky. This north ridge is Class 4 with no obvious route, and at times quite exposed.
Either way, this peak is about a 6 mile round trip with 2800' of climbing.
Note: At times, the fishing in Golden Lake is excellent.
From downtown McCall, it is about 12 miles to the unmarked Golden Lake trailhead. The road can be rough, but it's generally passable for any vehicle after the first week or so of June. Your object is to follow the road until you pass Slick Rock, an obvious granite slab on the left (it's about 1000' high, which makes it obvious). About 1.5 miles past Slick Rock, the road crosses Lake Fork Creek on an old wooden bridge. Just before the bridge, there is a pull-out on the right. This pullout is your trailhead. Don't try to drive the old jeep road into the woods. Just park and start walking on the old road. Keep traveling in the same direction as you start to gain elevation. In the wetter seasons, the creek will be running, but in any case, cross the old creek bed and head upstream on the north side.
From there, the path gets harder to describe. There is no real trail here, but there exists a "fisherman's trail" to Golden Lake that weaves between cliff bands as it ascends the very steep hillside. Ideally, you would find someone who knows the route. Barring that, follow the provided map as best as you can and look for sign of any old tread or cairns. The trail conditions to Golden Lake vary from wonderful to undiscoverable, sometimes in the space of a few hundred yards.
From Golden Lake, you are totally on your own. Although this is not official wilderness, it is very wild--the more so because it is relatively unknown. However, a good backcountry navigator with map and compass should have no problem sniffing out a route through the bogs and cliff bands.
Parking at the trailhead is limited.
This is snow country and in a popular big-game hunting area, so check ahead for conditions and the seasons.
CampingThe closest official campground is the Lake Fork Creek campground, about 4 miles before the trailhead. The campground is quite nice (although primitive), but also quite popular. Normal Forest Service fees etc. apply.
However, there are numerous unofficial campsites along Lake Fork Creek.
Or you can stay in McCall at either one of the many hotels, or try Ponderosa State Park (usually requires reservations).
External LinksPayette national Forest
City of McCall
splattski trip report
Brundage Mountain web cams (including McCall)
Idaho road conditions
For additional information on this climb and other peaks in the area, please see Tom Lopez's excellent book, Idaho: A Climbing Guide.