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
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?
My 9 year old son and I made it to the top. Great hike.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Via the north face. Awesome day!
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!
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.
The drive in was more challenging than the climb! Next time we will head up the West ridge!
Sweet climb from Leatherman Saddle
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!
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.
You mean Rob R.
Yep, Sorry Rob. Not enough sleep over the last 24 hrs
Was able to drive up Sawmill Gulch 2.8 miles to 8,485' in my Ford Explorer and never scraped bottom-but needed low range 4X4. Only 10 minute hike up the road where trail starts (I walked to the end of the road then over the boulders to Sawmill Gulch-don't do this, take the trail!). 2 hour 40 minute hike to Leatherman Pass, then it took me 3 hours to summit-had to down climb a few times and take another way up. Glad I was solo-I sent big rocks down the mountain while scrambling up and down. Also a few class 4 moves going up. 9 hours, 18 minutes round trip! Make sure you take ski poles, leather gloves, and gaiters.
Climbed up to the Leatherman saddle from the West Fork of the Pahsimeroi. Followed the east ridge to the summit. There is a nice trail at the start but it gets a bit hard to follow once you hit the solid rock.
Had one of my most scariest experiences as I made a wrong decision and wet up a near class 4 gully and the rock I was holding on began to give out on me. I got to safety but did not enjoy watching my large hand hold roll down the mountain.
Went down the far more gentler north west gully to get back to the trial head. Beautiful day, rained on us but still enjoyable.