08/2020 - This is by far my favorite hike and scramble in the Sawtooths. It offers a little bit of all things fun in the outdoors with a lower risk level then most others. Anyone who loves this range should do this scramble. Stay towards left as approaching the headwall. This was a very heavily travelled peak scramble with all different ages. 10/10 would recommend. If you're uncomfortable doing something like this solo grab a guide from SMG, its worth doing. Ice Axe was helpful. in a few spots but late season is doable with or without trecking poles. Trail is straight forward. Bing a good camera!
Easy approach from the Jct. of the Alpine Way Trail. Stay to the right after the first meadow. Went too far left on the way to the Col on the approach and mistakenly followed the trail in the snow on the approach. Route finding can make a big difference. Can see this go around 1:35HR from the TH to summit.
Camped at Redfish Lake, hit the trail out of the backpackers' lot around 7am, took some time to hang out at the Lake 9000 waterfall, didn't summit until 2 :( (Granted, we had some injuries and route-finding difficulties, but the route past the lake is definitely SLOW.) The worst part is the scree slope up the Thompson-Williams headwall - loose, loose, loose! Beautiful hike in and great summit views, but not a lot of space at the top to chill without feeling like you're about to topple off an 1800' cliff. Almost everyone in our group agreed the climb as a whole was harder than Borah. A lot prettier though!
Penelope and I hiked the Alpine Way to about a mile before Marshal Lake. We went up a large, steep slope to a basin below Williams and Thompson Peaks. There is a small lake there. Next morning (June 22, 2017), we cramponed up rather large snow field to the saddle between the two peaks. Continued on snow around Thompson and up the regular route. Wonderful early season frozen snow which most likely made the trip much easier.
Came in from pass at the head of the valley and exited via Goat Lake to Iron Creek
When I got to the plateau behind the lake a geologist decided to join me for the trek to the top. Good views from there
With Flanders. Got a late start on Friday, only got to the lower unnamed lake in the dark. Hiked up the next morning. Successful summit with rain clouds approaching. Dislodged a large boulder in the minefield between the summit and the saddle and went flying. Nothing major but had to break out the first aid kit and use compression to stop a dripping wound on my hand. Took me a while to find my trekking pole after. Somewhere in that boulder field in a flat whitish one with a lot of betadyne and my blood on it.
Lost my partner going up one shoot early. Had to do a few risky moves to get to the peak, but well worth it!
Climbed Thompson as one of 9 summits during an amazing 4-day backpacking trip in the Sawtooths. My second time summiting Thompson. Fun scramble and very straightforward route as long as you go all the way to the Thompson/Mickeys saddle. Trip Report
Saw 2 Nanny Goats and 2 Kid Goats below. Crazy smoke made it surreal. Went up from the north ridge to make it interesting.
Was my 4th time up!
My first Sawtooth summit. Coming from doing most of my hiking/climbing in the Northeastern United States and Colorado, this was a nice introduction to Idaho. We put in about a 11 hour day. On the ascent, we tried a short cut that got us into class 5 terrain, and on the way down, we lost the route and were on some super sketchy scree slopes... Good times!!
Easy scrambling, but certainly a long trek. I went with my wife's parents- real troopers at 60 years old!
The summit is great. It's basically a series of spikes with few places to sit. Flat or dome-shaped summits just don't have that same cool factor.
Excellent day of adventures with SawtoothSean. Felt more like October than August, with a big snow squall on the summit of Thompson. Later climbed Mickey’s Spire, then some wild rappels on our way to climb Anna’s Pinnacle. Long descent down Fishhook Creek. Used headlamps for last section of trail. Trip Report
Did the standard route with Class 4 finish (from north on summit ridge, from south to summit is Class2). Traversed over to Mickey's Spire, then rappelled to base of Anna's Pinnacle and climbed that. Snow squalls and sun.
Hiked this peak via Alpine way then exited through the Goat Lake drainage to make a loop out of it. Beautiful day to be in the Sawtooths!
13 hours car to car from the Alpine Way TH. Had to snowshoe the 7 mile approach to avoid postholing. Switched to crampons around 9000ft, climbed a mellow couloir on the North side near the Williams saddle, then traversed to the South Couloir to summit. The snowshoe back to the car took 7 miserable hours due to wet extremely rotten snow. Definitely a death march on the way out.
Congratulations. You put in a good day!
Climbed TP with Dave Jenkins. Memorable notes, skiing in Goat Valley, waking up to snow on the ground and a Deer looking in my sleeping bag at me. Back then there were no fancy light weight tents or for the most part gear. It was Familia for breakfast, freezed dried dinners and no people.. Just remember signing the book in the silver steel box and using an old USGS map to find our way. Wondering if the box is still up there?
7.16.13- I left the Williams Peak summit around 3:15pm, and slowly made my way down to the saddle between Williams and Thompson by hugging the rock walls to the north of the scree. After traversing past the main headwall, I waited for about fifteen minutes for my climbing partner to catch up (he was having difficulty with his boots and had pretty sore legs from his first peak ever!).
I waited for him at the saddle to see if he wanted to attempt the climb up Thompson. He decided to stay behind, and I began my way up from the saddle shortly after 4:00. I hiked directly south up the talus and over a small headwall before circling around the peak toward the south couloir. Upon reaching the saddle between Thompson and the peak to the south, I turned directly north and headed up the low class 3 route. With strong legs, a climber should be able to do most of it without using their hands.
I reached the summit shortly after 5:00 with stormclouds approaching. We had spent a good part of the afternoon watching clouds slip to the North and throw lightning at the surrounding forest. After spending a short time signing the register and taking pictures, I boogied out in order to avoid the black clouds that were getting dangerously close. As I hiked down, it became apparent that this storm would follow a similar pattern and slip North just as the others had.
It was a great summit, and definitely taxing after summiting Williams. I'd like to return on a clear day and be able to spend a little more time on the top before heading out to summit the peaks to the south and west.
8.2.15- Reached the summit and headed over to Mickey's Spire. No thunderstorms this time. :)