Hyndman reminded me that rock class doesn't always equate to how strenuous it is! The saddle to the summit is a mess of scree and loose talus that looks like it could be solid but definitely isn't. Give me some solid Class 3 stuff over this any day! I would definitely stick closer to the edge of the cliff were I to do it again - the further you get away from it, the looser the rock seems to become. Not a pleasant descent. Still, the rest of the hike is gorgeous and summit views are pretty swell. Preferred the view from Standhope though even if it's 30' shorter!
lots of snow, but avoided most of it until very top
Five hours and ten minutes to the top, three and a half down. Ascended via the ridge but the descent was just straight down to the meadow to connect with the trail. The flowers near Sundance Lake were very pretty at this time of year. Bugs were pretty mild. Did Pioneer Cabin and Pt 9669 off to the northwest the day before as a warm up.
Nice climb for my first solo 12er. Saw a black bear along the creek in the morning. A little over 7 hours car to car. My 4th 12er.
Camped out at the trailhead following a successful climb of Kane Peak. I hurt my knee a bit so I was worried I wouldn't be able to make it but I walked it off and it didn't bother me anymore.
Beautiful and clear climb up. Started from the trailhead at 7am and topped out almost exactly 5 hours later around noon.
I actually mountain biked in for the first easy 2.5 miles and stashed my bike at the base of the sagebrush covered hill. I would highly recommend doing this - it makes the last 2.5 miles back to the trailhead an absolute thrill and, at 13 miles roundtrip, you'll be happy for an easy finish.
Trails are all clear of debris. Some muddy sections during the first 2.5 miles (walk your bikes around the mud!) No snow until you reach the Hyndman Basin where there is still 2-4 feet.
I would highly recommend an early start until more snow melts - I was post-holing for 2 miserable miles on the way down. Several substantially sized wet slides spotted on north facing slopes.
So many wildflowers! Beautiful peak! Borah tomorrow.
Camped two nights in Hyndman Basin at "Sundance" Lake, which seemed a little cheeky as it has no name on the topo. But, it gave my daughter and I the chance to really take our time getting up and down, despite the fact that the mosquitos devoured us.
I was wholly unprepared for the majestic beauty to be had from this summit. Never hiked in the Pioneers before this, but I'll definitely be back. Would love to hike Cobb Peak, what a amazing hulking mass of a mountain!
Could easily pick out dozens of lakes and other peaks from the airy summit.
Did this as a super easy and fun overnighter. Beautiful area!
We didn't make the summit. We stopped about 300 or so feet short of the summit, as thunder/hail storms were rolling in. Still, I was super impressed with the Pioneers and the beauty/solitude they provided.
My 4th 12ker and my daughter's 1st. We hiked the 6 miles to the small lake just below the base for an early morning start. Weather was a little iffy early but cleared up later that morning.
Was my 3rd attempt. Motto: Just REDO it!
Perfect snow free October summit with bright yellow aspens and blue skies. Round trip was about 12.5 miles, and it took us 6 hour up, and 4 down. Great hike, I'd do it again!
The most perfect of days. Fall crisp but no snow! My daughter didn't want me to go alone so she decided to go along. It was the most fun I've had with her. She got to the summit (along with our dog Dexter) and said when do we do the other 8? Love this hike.
biked as much as we could of the long approach. The final push up the ridge is a fun ascent. Hauling back to the car on an easy downhill was fun too!
We camped at the trailhead and got an early start for this one. This was an unbelievably beautiful hike the entire way. The views from the summit were awesome. With this I have 3 of the 9 Idaho 12er's.
Finally made it! Not a hard mountain, just couldn't get it done the first two times we tried. Great day with light winds and clear skies.
camped at tree line the night before. had a long hard day
Camped at lake 10241. Smokey but beautiful. My second climb on Hyndman, And second summit also so I climbed up in a tu-tu for the occasion. first climb was Oct 1st 2006 on a beautiful clear day.
I think Brendon made a trip report for this trip. I remember it was cold! I got Frost Nip on my big toe. I lost about a postage stamp size chunk of skin and the toe nail. The nice folks down at the ski yurt gave us some warm soup, and I was able to rally and get back to the car. Since then I've bought a reliable freezer thermometer and some Scarpa Phantom Guide 6,000 boots and I've never had cold feet since. I'm looking at East Face options. I think there could be a line up the North Face too.
Rick, Wan and I had the mountain to ourselves, likely because the fires in the area were making many think twice about dealing with the smoke that blanked the region. We climbed smoke-free and enjoyed the experience. The wildflowers in the upper basin near where we camped were spectacular.