Leatherman Peak Climber's Log

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rennerkj - Aug 14, 2020 8:46 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2020

Leatherman peak  Sucess!

2nd 12er!


IdahoDaisy - Sep 1, 2019 12:35 pm Date Climbed: Aug 31, 2019

Road was the hardest part!  Sucess!

Approached from the east in the dark which made our drive very long- definitely the hardest part of this one! Beautiful walk up the river before cutting over into the gully. Just a short section of class 3-ish. Some scree skiing on the way down. Perfect weather. My 8th 12er- getting close!


browny11 - May 15, 2019 1:28 am

Re: Pahsimeroi side

We have a siberian husky who has done a lot of hikes and climbs with us. Would it be safe to take him up Leatherman?


browny11 - May 15, 2019 1:28 am

Re: Sawmill to west ridge

We have a siberian husky who has done a lot of hikes and climbs with us. Would it be safe to take him up Leatherman?


derekperc - Aug 9, 2018 10:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 5, 2018

Sawmill to west ridge  Sucess!

At 8500' (very close to the end of the road) my Cherokee's tires were spinning in the skree field so I had to back down to the nearest parking at 8400'.

West ridge is a fun scramble. I was able to basically stay on the crest the whole time with only a few class4 moves. It always looked like the route was about to deadend which kept things exciting.

I consider Leatherman's northeast ridge to be class2+ (I took it over to 11909 and back). And it's something like 1700' of talus to get up to it- so if you're an experienced scrambler seeking the more interesting route, I recommend the western approach.

I climbed all around Leatherman that day: Leatherman>11909>Leatherman>Bad Rock
car to first summit was 2.5 hours. car to car was 10 hours

Scrambling Man

Scrambling Man - Jul 29, 2017 3:52 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2017

Second Highest Summit  Sucess!

My 9 year old son and I made it to the top. Great hike.


elcy79.gp - Aug 25, 2016 3:00 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2016

2nd time - Sawmill Gulch  Sucess!

Wanted to do this again since my grandson wasn't able to make it all the way up last time. Went up with Tristin (grandson) and met up with Oleg, Innes and Kerry. Started around 6:30am and took standard route from the westside, going over Leatherman Pass, dropping down ~900', climbing back up and over and into the main gully and up the snow to the saddle. Made the summit early afternoon where we had celebratory Scotch and Stella Artois for Oleg's final Idaho 12er.

Great weather and great boot scree skiing on the way down


live4hills - Aug 1, 2016 3:29 am Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016

Lightning too close for comfort  Sucess!

Started out absolutely beautiful day from Pahsimeroi Valley, east side climb. Good stuff. Family of mountain goats said hi. My daughter had torn ACL so took 4.5 hrs up. Hung out on summit in blue skies. Saw a little rain cloud coming so headed down. 5 minutes onto the ridge the skies unleashed fury and hail. Love the Lost River weather. Gully still filled with snow so glissaded down quickly. Lightning too close for comfort. I've never heard rocks sizzle with electricity. Good times. Love the toilet at the camp ground, needed it after the thunderstorm :) 4/9 12ers with my daughter.


elcy79.gp - Oct 20, 2015 3:43 pm Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2011

Pahsimeroi side  Sucess!

Drove the 25 miles to Pahsimeroi approach. First 22 miles took about an hour, the last 3 miles took an hour. Overnighted and the 3 of us took off early next morning. Easy climb up to the summit.
The summit was a little crowded with 3 humans and 2 dogs that day.

2/9 is in the books.


LazyJSkwires - Jul 12, 2015 11:55 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015

Sketchy stuff  Sucess!

Went up Sawmill Gulch, well, tried to in my truck. Had a flat the week before and didn't feel like risking it, parked at 6900 feet. Lovely trail on the way to the pass, definitely my favorite approach of a Lost River Range Peak. But the route up from the pass... holy cow, to say it was eroded would be an understatement. Past a certain point, it's just dirt. It had rained the night before so I got blessed with some mud to create a bit of traction but I could not imagine going up or down on dry eroded portions.

I was also guilty of inadvertently sending some rocks cascading down, luckily there was no one else on the mountain. If there had been it would have created an extremely dangerous situation. There is hardly any protection on some of those steep portions. Don't think I'll be going back.

Further reading suggests the East side is a much safer approach.


gbrill - Jun 17, 2014 12:56 am Date Climbed: Jun 14, 2014

Quick Climb  Sucess!

Approached via standard West Pahsimori route. Fairly easy and straight foreword climb with reaching the summit in 3 1/2 hours. Pahsimori valley was incredibly beautiful, despite the snow, hail, and periodic whiteout conditions before clearing up.


DrGranola - Jun 9, 2014 12:01 pm Date Climbed: Jun 6, 2014

Snow climb  Sucess!

Via the north face. Awesome day!

Trip Report


208samm - Aug 23, 2013 10:40 am Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

Great Fall Climb  Sucess!

Great fall climb. Started at 4 am from the Pahsimeroi side, and had a beautiful crisp hike to the east valley. Lots of scree, and doing it in the dark made it hard to find the best route, but eventually got on the North ridge for some solid rock. Beautiful climb!


Mlasky - Aug 13, 2011 2:25 pm Date Climbed: May 22, 2002

Done on Snow  Sucess!

Done with a group from Idaho State Unviersity as a snow climb from the Mackay side. The snow softened up fast so we had to beat feet to get down and back to the saddle where we camped. Beautiful day. My first snowcamp and snow climb.


Scarp172 - Jan 4, 2011 7:39 pm Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2010

East ridge  Sucess!

The drive in was more challenging than the climb! Next time we will head up the West ridge!


mansfieo - Dec 19, 2010 5:26 am

Climbed w/Badrock  Sucess!

Sweet climb from Leatherman Saddle


mfox79 - Aug 8, 2010 2:03 am

Re: Fun climb up the east face

Yep, Sorry Rob. Not enough sleep over the last 24 hrs


mtybumpo - Aug 8, 2010 1:07 am Date Climbed: Aug 7, 2010

My 9th and final 12er!  Sucess!

Climbed the East Ridge with Mike F. and Rob R. This was my absolute favorite 12er. Such a spectacular area that is so different from the other side of the range. The road, however, is positively the WORST road I have EVER driven on. The rain making it muddy didn't help much either. All in all though this was a totally awesome climb and is worth braving the road to do again!


mtybumpo - Aug 8, 2010 1:03 am

Re: Fun climb up the east face

You mean Rob R.


mfox79 - Aug 7, 2010 10:49 pm

Fun climb up the east face

Lots of rain,Thunder and mosquitos but one of the best peaks over 12K in the State! not to mention one of the most scenic places I have been. a fun mix of trail hiking, scrambling and snow climbing leads to one of the best views in the range. Not a major class 3 climb but more a class 2 with some scrambling for good measure. Climbed this with mtybmpo and Rob R. thanks guys for the fun trip.

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