OverviewPeak 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.
- Round trip distance: 15 miles
- Total gain: 4000'
- Prominence: 508'
- Class 3
- Time: expect 9-12 hours round trip
The true summit is the leftmost point here, of three summits on a ridge.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.