Peak 9027 is perhaps the hardest peak to access in the Lick Creek range. There is no trail nearby, in any direction. And most of the access routes require you to go down before you can go up.
Due to the remoteness and the rough, trail-less terrain, very few people climb this peak. The route described on this page involves only 3.75 miles of hiking one way, but climbs almost 3600', all off-trail in very rugged terrain.
Some locals who have climbed it several times call it McCabe Peak in memory of a friend who passed away in or about 2004.
From downtown McCall, it is about 23 miles to Lick Creek Summit. The road can be rough, but it's generally passable for any vehicle. At the summit, start down the other side for about two miles. The drainage for the Prince Lakes is fairly obvious, but not signed. Ideally, have someone drop you off near this drainage, as you will have a problem finding a pullout wide enough, and the road drops off steeply on the side. Just bail out and follow your nose: one alder thicket is as good as the next.
Note that there are no trails here. Use a map and compass, a GPS, or follow your nose. The route is mostly very rugged Class 2, with just a bit of Class 3. However, that depends on your ability to find a path through several cliff bands.
The McCall area gets lots of winter snow, so the roads to access this peak are closed from roughly late November until early to mid-June. Also, this is a popular big-game hunting area. Check before you head out.
CampingThe closest official campground that is worth anything is the Lake Fork Creek campground, about 10 miles before Lick creek summit. The campground is quite nice (although primitive), but also quite popular. Normal Forest Service fees etc. apply.
The map shows a Black Lee campground, but it's mostly just a dirt pull-out, and not recommended.
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
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