Was a little nervous that all the smoke from the wildfires around Stanley would thwart our attempt on Thompson Peak, but everything worked out (fire near Redfish Lake trailhead started just an hour after we got back down). The views were among the best I've seen (un-named lake at 9,000 feet is probably the most impressive alpine lake I've been to), and my brother Johnny and I really liked the fun scrambling on the north end of the headwall (went that way to avoid steep snow slope on south end) and near the summit. The Sawtooths definitely get my vote as the next spot that should be made a national park (surprised it's not already one), but maybe it's for the best that it's not one (we were the only ones going for the summit today). See "Overlooked Idaho" trip report for details.
Great day trip from Redfish Lake. Still a little snow on the saddle headwall- glad I brought my 'pons and axe. Pretty quiet up there, though did meet and team up with J from Boise for the climbing portion from the lake. Beautiful area!
Spent the night in the hanging meadow with access to a nice little creek. Incredible views of the range from the summit, and some of the best glissading on the way back down. Still the most beautiful climb I have ever been on.
Beautiful high lakes on the way up. I should have started earlier to go up the other peaks in the area.
Unsure if we were on the right line but it felt about right for the grade. Whichever route it was, the rock was surprisingly solid!
This was my first scramble in the Sawtooths and it almost shot me down. one of the most scenic places in the state! we started off at 7:15 at a balmey 22 degrees and cut off the trail and followed the ridge. the alpine cirque was amazing and the exposure off the face was incredible. we found the trail on the way back down. all and all a long day but worth every minute of it. I will be back to climb more in this region.
A really enjoyable and mostly straightforward climb. Thompson may be the highest in the Sawtooths, but also seems like it might be one of the easiest from this standard route - great training for harder peaks. And gorgeous views!
Good time in the hills
Got back from tramping in NZ and decided to climb this the week after I got back. Idaho Mountains can't be beat.
Gord, Mike and I climbed the SW and S Couloirs on a perfect September day. It's been over 30 years since the 3 of us have climbed together in the Sawtooths so this trip was special for all of us. We mistaken climbed the SW couloir and tagged the north summit and then descended and went a little further south to the S couloir after not wanting to do the short but exposed traverse to the main summit.
Climbed standard route from Goat Lake with 2 others. Ive seen all kinds of views but some are unparallelled - this is one of them. More spiritual than what I expected. Judging from the entries in the peak-log, I think others felt the same. Climb on.
Climbed from Redfish trailhead with dad; fantasic views of Stanley and into the interior of Sawtooths.
The views are awesome. I didn't see anyone once I broke off of the trail to head up to the Thompson cirque. Blue skies and big smiles all day long. Well until I had to hike all the way back to the truck.
Took three tries to find the class 3 up. Beautiful weather, nice little hill.
Nice hike although there was a storm on the way down. A little hazy from the forest fires. Surprised to see persistant snowfields this late in the year. The final 5 feet to the true summit is a bit airy.
Done, a long day with strong wind but well worth it.
Great Scramble! My buddy and I made our way up the west slope into the couloir, and made a few moves to reach the top. Weather was superb and the views of course were awesome. Thompson is a great peak.
The first time was via the standard route up the west side after the scramble up from Redfish Lake. Following the climbers trail that runs between Williams and Thompson, the hike is pretty straight-forward. The second time was part of a Williams-Thompson-Mickeys-Carter-Limbert speed circuit day with descent down the trailess valley south of Thompson.
Acessed the area via Goat Lake and spent the night just south of Lake 8865. In the morning my friend and I began the ascent looking for a fun and challenging route up. I decided to spiral my way up the west face to the upper portion of the S couloir while my buddy took a more vertical route and wound up on top of the false summit. Fortuneatly he was able to make his way down and over to the real peak. As he was approaching the summit, I pulled out my digital camera to take some pictures and...... the batteries were dead. :( Besides that dissapointment, a very fun climb!
Took the Southwest Couloir route. The whole hike was tremendous. Made the climb with 3 fellow camp counselors from LHBC. Almost turned back when we found a dead mountain goat near the upper lake. We figured if the mountain goat couldn't survive on its own terrain, who were we to think we could make it to the top.