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Peak 8808

Peak 8808

Peak 8808

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.11745°N / 115.9172°W

Object Title: Peak 8808

County: Valley

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 8808 ft / 2685 m


Page By: splattski

Created/Edited: Jul 9, 2013 / Jul 10, 2013

Object ID: 856104

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Peak 8808 is one of many peaks in the Lick Creek range with wonderful attributes of scenic beauty, fun scrambling on good granite, isolation, and solitude, but is yet almost untouched. We did not see any signs of man on the peak, not even a footprint, until we noticed a small, forlorn cairn on the summit. There is no summit register.
For some, that's enough. If that's not enough for you, check out the pictures.

Peak Stats
  • Round trip distance: 15 miles
  • Total gain: 4000'
  • Prominence: 508'
  • Class 3
  • Time: expect 9-12 hours round trip

Peak 8808
The true summit is the leftmost point here, of three summits on a ridge.

Getting There

From McCall, Idaho, drive north on paved Warren Wagon Road about 20 miles to just past Upper Payette Lake. The turnoff is signed on the right. Drive about 100 yards on a steep but good dirt road to the trailhead. There is a concrete Forest Service outhouse there. No water.


Approach to Peak 8808
The wind moans eerily through the snags as we admire the bear grass.Much of the 6-mile approach hike to the Twenty-Mile basin was burned in 1994.
Much of the ridge traverse looks like this: big blocks of grippy granite.
Hike up the Twenty Mile trail about two almost flat miles (occasional water), then turn left and head steeply out of the glacial valley bottom toward the Twenty Mile Lake basin. Total distance to the first lake (there are four: North, East, South, and Long) is about 6 miles.
From North Lake (the old trail on the map that goes to Long Lake is almost disappeared), head cross-country through old burn (easy) toward the ridge to the south. The ridge has three summits, and you are shooing for the saddle between the first two. We saw a passable couloir between summits 2 and 3, but it looked to be very steep and horribly loose: not recommended.
Pick your route to the ridge top between 1 and 2, then follow the ridge east to the true summit.

To descend, simply reverse the route.
This is the approach to the ridge of 8808. It's very white granite blocks interspersed with tundra or dirt.North Lake and Storm Peak in the background.
Peak 8808 route map
This shows approximate route up Peak 8808

Red Tape

View west from Peak 8808
Looking west from the summit of Peak 8808 you can see the other two high points on the ridge. The furthest is just 12 feet lower.The route climbs up to the saddle between the two points, then traverses the ridge to the camera.
The Loons
Looking east from the summit of Peak 8808, you see North Loon (left) and South Loon. Beyond is the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
No parking fees, camping fees, or whatever.
However, when Old Man Winter visits here he sits long and hard. Warren Wagon Road is closed every year just north of Payette Lake, barely out of McCall.

When to Climb

Twenty Mile basin in snow
Shot November 10, 2012, just shy of North Lake.Usually, you can't get up here on foot in the winter, let alone drive to the trailhead.Peak 8808 is the high point on the left.
Summer and Fall. Warren Wagon Road is usually closed from late October until sometime in June.
Peak 8808 from South Loon
Photo is looking mostly west. The summit of Peak 8808 is the extreme right summit in the foreground.The horizon in the background is the Seven Devils.


Car camp at Upper Payette Lake. This is a very popular spot (excellent fishing) so reservations are recommended. 
Alternately, backpack into the Twenty Mile basin and pick your eden.
North Lake and Peak 8808
After about 6 miles, you get this wonderful view of North Lake and Peak 8808, the high point on the left.

External Links

Payette 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


Twenty Mile basin in snowPeak 8808View west from Peak 8808Approach to Peak 8808North Lake and Peak 8808Peak 8808 from South LoonFrom the south
8808 from the northThe LoonsRouteTalusClose-upPeak 8808 route map