Above Spring Creek
Peak 10941 is a beautiful peak, but just barely counts as its own summit. According to the definitions found in Lists of John
, to be its own mountain and not a subsidiary a peak needs 300' of prominence, or rise. Again using Lists of John as a reference, Peak 10941 has 321' of rise
and 0.43 miles of separation from Cerro Ciento.
So does this peak merit a climb of its own? Certainly. And due to the configuration of its slopes, one can snowshoe this peak when other peaks in the Boulder Range might be dangerous due to snow conditions. Of course, conditions vary, so make your own, correct decisions when the time calls for it. Your author has not done this climb when the snow was off, but would go so far as to say it would make a good hike regardless, especially if you like collecting Boulder summits.
It's really a beautiful summit. In fact, in the biggest picture on the SP page for Cerro Ciento
, it catches your eye more than it's taller neighbor (note the sharp point on the left of the big body picture).
This peak can probably be done year-round, but it was a great snowshoe trip in April.
4.5 miles each way
3800' gain from car
Expect 7-9 hours round trip, in good snow conditions
[img:537915:alignright:small:False summit]The nearest access point would be Ketchum, Idaho. Drive north on Highway 93 approximately 24 miles to the Owl Creek turnout. During the winter, this plowed parking area will hold several cars, but it is popular so you might want to get there early.
From the parking lot, cross the highway and head northeast up Spring Creek. After a half mile or so, start angling up onto the ridge to the north, climber's left, and follow the ridge top to the summit.
No red tape.[img:537917:alignright:small:Another false summit]
There are a variety of official camping spots along the highway.
Or grab a motel in Ketchum or Hailey.[img:537918:alignright:small:Finally, the summit]
External LinksSawtooth Avalanche Center
Sawtooth national Forest
Splattski trip report
Sun Valley web cams
For additional information on this climb and other peaks in the area, please see Tom Lopez's excellent book, Idaho: A Climbing Guide. [img:537922:alignright:small:All those false summits, left to right]