Three beautiful tarn lakes are located just south and east of the peak at 9300, 9500, and 9700 feet. The south ridge scramble presents no real difficulty except a few small headwalls, loose boulder hopping and scree. The south ridge and summit provides commanding views of the whole range. Upper Cramer Lakes are visible just to the west and are typically a 10 mile hike on trail from the Redfish lake area. The peak may also be approached from Saddleback Lakes, providing a more challenging scramble over some exposed territory.
Here are the routes:
1) The South Ridge (Class 3) - Leave the trail at 8550 once over the ridge that divides Decker Peak and The Finger of Fate. Travel cross country west, staying just north of a drainage coming down from a small lake. Contour north slightly and pass the tarn lakes. Aim for the Decker Saddle, a low point on the south ridge. Bypass vertical rock sections by zigzagging back and forth. Once on the south ridge, boulder hop your way north to the summit. If your comfortable skiing in scree, descend the southeast slopes for a quick return. For some added fun, ascend Point 9583 and traverse the scenic ridge to point 9189. Just east of this point, you'll find the trail again.
Total One-Way Distance / Elevation Gain: 5.5 miles / 3990 feet
1) The North Ridge (Class 4) - From Saddleback Lakes or Upper Cramer Lakes scramble over challenging and loose terrain to the small but obvious saddle on the northeastern part of the northeastern ridge. Traverse the southwest face and return to the ridge proper just past point 10030. Continue southeast along the ridge with at least 3 visits to the southwest slopes to avoid vertical towers. You may need to down climb the ridge as much as 200 feet at times to get past the ridge towers.
Maps: USGS Mt. Cramer Quad
|Average Max. Temperature (F)||27.0||33.7||42.5||50.3||59.9||68.4||78.7||78.4||68.6||56.6||38.1||26.0||52.4|
|Average Min. Temperature (F)||-0.5||0.3||9.7||20.3||28.3||33.9||36.0||34.0||27.2||20.6||12.0||-0.8||18.4|
|Average Total Precipitation (in.)||1.64||1.33||1.02||1.02||1.17||1.16||0.59||0.59||0.78||0.92||1.46||1.55||13.24|
|Average Total SnowFall (in.)||16.9||13.2||10.2||3.4||0.9||0.2||0.0||0.0||0.4||1.7||10.4||14.6||71.9|
|Average Snow Depth (in.)||18||20||15||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||8||6|
Latest Avalanche Report (Sawtooth Area)
National Weather Service Current Forecast for Stanley:http://newweb.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/index.php?zone=idz018&county=idc037&wfo=pih&dgtl=1&lat=44.21139&lon=-114.945
Sawtooth Web Cam can give you a good idea of the conditions in the area:http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~dpinney/
Sawtooth National Recreation Area
SNOTEL site gives latest snow depth readings:http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/snotel.pl?sitenum=845&state=id
1) Climbing Magazine #15
2) Rock & Ice #44
3) Off Belay: The Mountain Magazine Feb 1975 #19 (Whole issue devoted to rock climbing in the Sawtooths, but hard to find)
4) American Alpine Journal- Issue 47 (1973)