From Irish Creek. A walk in the park compared to my 2006 climb from Deer Creek. Saw 1 rattlesnake that was ready to bite the first person, and more special: 2 curious cedar waxwings that flittered a few feet from us, snapping up insects from the air around us. A dip in the lake after the hike was much needed after 2 pm on what had become a hot day. Good training, and easy to follow route. I took 3.5 quarts of water and just barely had enough.
Hiked this one a couple times now from the south ridge and it's a lot of pain and suffering, particularly the first woefully steep mile and a half - trekking poles are your friend especially on the way down. Great views to the Danskins, Trinities, and more though the entire way, and beautifully green with lots of flowers in the spring. Do this one before it gets hot, and after some rainfall if possible - having a little more traction with moisture in the soil makes it a little easier. It's a good early season training hike, especially if you wait a year between hiking it again so you've mostly forgotten how steep it was! =D
Climbed via East Ridge- beautiful, steep, awesome.
Really nice training hike close to the boise area. South east ridge is a long hike at around 11 miles but the moderate grade makes it quite doable in a half day.
Hiked this with Jon Oh, Ben (Jon's friend), and three other guys that Jon and/or Ben knew. It was a fairly hard hike, but made especially harder because I went on an empty stomach and didn't bring any food! Also, as we were climbing one of the snow-covered faces, I was slipping and sliding everywhere, because I wore tennis shoes :(
Climbed South Ridge from Irish Creek. Nice sunny breezy day for a great workout.
Not much snow on the ground so Doug and I decided to try the south ridge. all the false summits were annoying, but they made the actual summit that much better. we brought up the pack stove, made some green tea, and reheated some home made spaghetti. It is a great hike that's close to boise.
Lots of up and down to get to the summit. Hiked up from Irish Creek with a few friends on a rainy, foggy day. Quite a few hunters in the area.
From Deer Creek. Not recommended. Just two of us training for the DeathHike. Nice view from the summit. This was a humbling early season hike.
It was almost too hot to be up there. I was surprised at how steep opening section was and the hike its self turned out to be harder than I thought it would be. This is a very fun local hike!
Camp up from Irish Creek. This was quite a work out on my legs especially since this is my first real outing of the season. The legs are still buring now and I'm gonna feel it tomorrow. My legs aren't all that was burned though...I forgot sunscreen.....yeah. Anyways the view of the Boise mountains was great and so was the wildlife. I saw at least 5 elk.
Tried to follow a very fast goat (Sawtoothsean). It is not everyday out in the Boise Mountains, especially on this peak that 2 separate parties 5 people between them all summit this semi-remote peak.
Brutal off trail bushwack with Sean!
Nick and I climbed the south ridge on a warm June day. I’ve never been so frustrated by false summits. Still a good outing with 20+ different types of wildflowers seen along the way, and great views. Nice to finally get the “grand slam” finished off. Here’s a trip-report and some photos.
Long steep climb. False hope after false hope. It was a great climb and a beautiful day!
the first section is steep coming up from the reservoir. Then plenty of false summits and patches on snow to posthole through
Great leg burner from Arrowrock resv.
The start of the south route is very steep and since I usually do it in the spring when I am coming out of hibernation, it is a lung burner. Very neat peak and a excellent workout.
Steep scramble through deep snow. Fell through a frozen creek and almost became hypothermic. Ironic considering this peak is 5 miles from my house and I've been on many other peaks like Rainer, McKinley, Garnd Teton etc. with no problems.