What was the snow like on Hyndman? I'll be in ID in a week and would like to hike it with my wife (she has very little experience). I'd really appreciate your assessment -- could it be climbed as a class 2 without crampons, yet? Thanks so much for any input.
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Sorry i didn't see this. You have probably come and gone. I think the standard route would have had some snow still on it. I love this website but for ID peak summiting beta try the message board at idahosummits(dot)com. very active group and spread around the state so someone usually knows something. again, sorry i missed your post. I hope you were successful.
We chose to go straight up instead of making the saddle and going up that way. The weather had been off and on, so we decided moving fast was best. The weather was beautiful on our side of the mountain, but when we hit the summit we discovered a huge storm waiting for us at the top and on the other side moving our way. We had to hurry down. Beautiful country and a great approach hike in and out.
Longer hike than anticipated, but, well worth the view once at the summit. DO NOT : DO NOT go directly down from the summit!! Head back over to the saddle! TONE of loose scree, loose talus, and huge loose boulders. Crushed my foot twice, fell nearly 30 times. Not worth the minor distance difference. Wasn't safe. BUT, other than that, excellent climb! haha!
Everyone was having a good time no matter what the activity. Climbers, day hikers, photographers, backpackers. Well, maybe not the backpackers lugging it up the sagebrush covered hill.
Had some post climb chow at a place called The Spud in Hailey. Now that place has some funk to it. Gotta love the coasters.
A very fun scramble up the ridge. Summited with another solo climber and a group of 4 from Wa. I did Galena Peak the day before which made for sore legs to start, and a grim death march back to the car. I love it! My first 12er!
Nice long hike, camped in the meadow. Didnt summit on 7/29- Went back today and tagged it- VERY Long and hard day for me, very rewarding.
great day for a hike of Hyndman. My dog and I completed out first Idaho 12er. The trail was very well marked, I would definitely recommend staying to the right while on the ridge climbing towards the summit. Nothing like sitting up there for 45 minutes with the summit all to ourselves and enjoying the view of the surrounding ranges and the basin.
Made it up with my 11 year old son finally after stopping at the saddle a few years ago. He took longer to come down than up from the saddle.
Mountains Forever... that is what you see from the summit! My first Idaho 12 with eight to follow (hopefully). Still some snow but it can be avoided if desired.
Had fine weather and a fun little scramble up the south/southeast side of the peak. Great views of the lost river and white clouds.
Just me and my 9 year old son. We made it to the saddle and is was getting a little later than I'd hoped for so we turned around. We didn't see another person the entire day.
Too hot! Napped in the shade above the Yert for hours. Late afternoon, hiked to the lake at 9,000' and went for a swim (over 90 degrees). Spent the night beside this pond. 2nd day up to the top. Spent 4 hours on top. Back down to the pond for another swim and night. Big electrical storm that night! Hiked out 3rd morning. This is the easy and fun way to hike!!!
Warm up for the Portland Oyster Race. Good, long day hike with killer views.
Great day with a couple of co-workers on our now annual "big mountain" hike/climb (did Borah last year). Over 1.5 hours on the summit in warm windless conditions. Very nice area. Highly recomended.
Once we actually got to the trailhead, it was a fantastic day. Melissa and I enjoyed the views the entire way.
Great climb on a warm 4th of July weekend! Brian T and I took the long trek upward toward the mountain. Still a good bit of snow in and around the basin. We approached the saddle with a high traverse to the left of the basin in some loose rock. Would have been better to stay slow and trudge through the snow because it was actually still pretty firm. It did make for a great glissade on the way back. From the saddle the ridge looked a little intimidating but step by step scrambling we made it to the summit. The views were awesome and we could see the Lost River Range clearly. We watched a lightning storm in the Devil's bedstead below. After the summit, the six mile return seemed to take forever!
This was #2 of the 9 12r's. We hope to get some more in this summer.
The driving directions and description are a little off, so just turn left a mile outside of Triumph and proceed 4.5 miles to the trailhead. There is no road closure sign or gate as described in the original directions but the trailhead is at the North Fork of the Hyndman Creek and there is parking and an well maintained outhouse there.
Took big gully to summit, beautiful sunny day.
Great hike and beautiful area.