east side approach, with Dennis, Barb and Monika. Smoke from widespread wildfires (esp. California) gave hazy views.
After climbing Diamond, my son and I agreed it's like Borah + 10%. 10% more difficult, 10% better views. And of course way fewer people. (Total of 8 on the mountain on a Friday in July.) A couple notes/updates:
1- the "anything goes" description of the initial part of the route is no longer really the case; there's a well-defined use trail from the get-go clear to the first real class 3.
2- You really do need high clearance to access the TH. The very last pitch would be sketchy for anything less than an ORV/ATV, but only saves you 1/2 mile/500 feet.
3- Interestingly, there are use trails almost the entire way up, but they're much more visible when you're descending. So you get the sense that while ascending you maybe did a little more class 3 (even a bit of 4?) than you actually needed to.
Wonderful Class 3. Trying to add a trip report but SummitPost isn't cooperating.
No warm up on this one! Took us 6 hours and 15 minutes, car to car, including a 15 minute summit break. Scrambling was awesome. Climbed via East Ridge. Re: the road- I made it most of the way with 8" of ground clearance but did scrape bottom a few times...
After two previous attempts, I finally tagged the summit and finished the last of the 9 Idaho 12,000 peaks. Weathered off once and my friend got sick a few hundred feet from the summit and turned around. I wish he could have joined us on this one.
My low clearance car could not handle the trip to the TH so I parked two hours out and walked in. Made the day lengthy but the ridge helps keep anyone engaged. Seven hours up, five hours down, at a plodding pace to avoid slipping on pea gravel. Had the mountain to myself.
Parked at a road junction a bit before the water tank, as I didn't know how well my subaru was going to do on the steep sections of road before the normal trailhead. Quickly geared up then rushed up the direct east ridge to catch the eclipse, 50+ people on top. Lots of fun easy to moderate class 3
Fun ridge. Hazy views but good day.
Beautiful day. My climbing buddy finished 9/9 12k Idaho peaks. The ridge was freaking good times! Up and down in 8 hrs. Open air feeling for sure!
This was my first Lemhi summit. Cool area. I enjoyed the extended class 3 scramble on the east ridge. Hiked to the top with my 9 year old son.
My soccer mom SUV couldn't make the last 1/2 mile of the road, but the fire pit next to where I parked showed me that I wasn't the only one. The last 1000' is fun terrain, and you get to do some scree surfing on the way down. Also the approach hike is basically zero which is a rare treat for Idaho.
Perfect time of year to come to this area as the wildflowers are out and the land has a soft texture of new green growth. Soon to turn brown I am sure, but cloud dappled sunshine on this open country is the best. Woke up to some wicked fast baby pronghorns in the morning. Interestingly tomented and folded rock over on the Riddler side becomes apparent on the way up.
Nice hike! Quite an elevation gain for 2.1 miles up at 3,800ft. Great view of the Little Lost and Beaverhead Deer Lodge by the divide.
The only other people there turned around in the first 20 minutes because of some low lying clouds. A couple hours later it cleared up and it stayed beautiful. There was a light dusting of snow at the top along with the unmelted snowpack. I really enjoyed it
East Ridge approach. We left Salt Lake the evening before and found a nice flat place to car camp just past the stream crossing on the way in. We got started a little after 6 am and were on top by 9. Crystal clear day, with amazing views all around, especially of Borah and Bell, could even see The Grand Teton way off to the east. Got back down by 11:30 am and drove to Idaho Falls, where we hoped to have lunch and a beer at Snow Eagle Brewing, but apparently they are closed on Sunday. Got back to SL at 5:30 pm. Long, fun day.
Heather and I climbed the east ridge of Diamond the day after Borah. We had the whole mountain to ourselves, except for some bighorn sheep.
~2h from where I parked, with some surprisingly fun class 2-3 scrambling once the ridge narrowed. Met 3 other parties. Trip report.
The last part of the drive in was pretty nasty but made it OK in my Outback. I was physically tired from Borah the previous day, and became mentally tired from constant routefinding on the way up the upper ridge of this peak. Quite a bit easier coming down when you can see where to go. The scrambling is great fun if you can stay on route (mostly on top of the ridge, occasionally off to the right), off route is loose & not so enjoyable, but probably not dangerous either.
Late snow made for an awesome climb up this mountain. Very little scree sliding due to the snow. Just deep enough to have solid traction, and some fun little rocks to climb on too. Great peak, beautiful area.
Climbing with calebEOC and Troy B.