I know you're not the kind of person willing
to reveal your darkest, innermost secrets
on Summitpost, but in my opinion this is an
outstanding capture of Notch Peak.
In regards to beta, would it be prudent to
surmise that a person could spend an entire
week exploring the canyons around Notch Peak?
Was this taken in summer? I suppose a person
could find water in West Sawtooth Canyon?
Seriously, this is great! YOU really
"raised the bar" up a notch by sharing with us this spectacular hunk of massive limestone, known affectionately as Notch Peak.
One more question: Has anybody ever scaled it from this side ???
Final question: Due to this peak's remoteness and rugged terrain, wondering if
the House Range could be prime habitat for
mountain lions and Bighorn sheep ???
Did you come across any sources of water?
Hi Larry, this was actually taken in April. Summer is really hot in this area so spring and fall in the best time to visit. I hiked quite a ways up the canyon and there was still snow in shaded areas and water in potholes. I saw antelope, lizards, and a lot of birds. Bighorn sheep and mountain lions live here too.
You could spend a lot of time in this range. Most people aren't interested in exploring the canyons because there are no maintained trails. Notch Peak is the highlight of the range. It has a huge limestone and dolomite cliff and there are granite rock spires and buttresses near the mouth of West Sawtooth Canyon. Yes, many rock climbers have climbed up the north and west face of the mountain. It's been called the El Capitan of Utah.
Looks really big...you could imagine this as being one of the big peaks in the Dolomites, the Karwendel or the Steinernes Meer...as it's limestone, that's what it makes me think of!
Yes, it also reminded me of the Dolomites because of the large limestone cliffs. This mountain is located in a remote area in the west desert of Utah. When you see it, it grabs your attention.