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South Ridge

South Ridge

South Ridge

Page Type: Route

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.83270°N / 114.5181°W

Object Title: South Ridge

Route Type: Scramble

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Class 3

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Page By: IdahoKid

Created/Edited: Oct 5, 2004 / Aug 20, 2005

Object ID: 162396

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After taking the left fork on the Boulder Creek Road, the road will climb high onto the basalt flows from the peaks above.

The road gradually deteriorates in condition and a four-wheel drive vehicle will be needed. At 8,200', the road will abruptly end in a thick evergreen forest.

Route Description

From the end of the road, climb directly northeast through the steep evergreen forest until gaining Boulder Peak's south ridge roughly at 9,300'.

Turn north on the ridge and begin scrambling up the loose rock until encountering a tower that blocks the route. Drop to the west side of the tower and conour around the base until coming to a prominent gully that climbs back to the south ridge above.

After gaining the ridge once again, scramble northward until reaching another impassable tower. This time, drop as much as 70' below to the southeast face. Work across a a ledge system and some minor class III climbing until reaching one more gully that returns to the south ridge.

From this point, it is a short and beautiful walk to the summit.

Essential Gear

A four wheel drive vehicle and prior scrambling experience is all that's needed for Boulder Peak's South Ridge Route.


As you gain the south ridge,...Looking back down the first...Looking across the ledge...Looking down the south ridge...About 1.3 miles in length...