Help? Suggestions For Class 2 Peaks in Sawtooth Range

Help? Suggestions For Class 2 Peaks in Sawtooth Range

Joined: June 21st, 2012, 5:23 am

June 21st, 2012, 5:35 am #1

Hi All:

I would really appreciate some recommendations for challenging Class 1-3 hikes in the Sawtooth Wilderness. I am planning to be in the area for two days in mid-July. I am an experienced hiker in excellent shape.

- Climb (non-technical) at least two peaks (over 10,000ft would be great)an multiple in a day even better
- Each day a minimum of 10 miles RT - vertical climb of 3,500 plus each
- Am planning to car camp near trailhead(s)and would prefer an area that I can reach in a Subaru
- Would love to be able to access area with as little driving from campsite as possible
- Would prefer to see as few people as possible, but not a must

Any help would be so appreciated.

Thanks

Rick

Portland, OR
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splattski
splattski

June 21st, 2012, 11:45 am #2

The first peak can be done as a multiple by adding Williams Peak to Thompson. Williams is Class 3+, so you could instead do Carter. Thompson is the highest peak in the range. You might see someone on this hike, but it's pretty lonesome:
http://www.splattski.com/2001/thompson_ ... index.html

The second, Decker, you will not see anyone. At least not on this route:
http://www.splattski.com/2007/decker/index.html
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Bob
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June 21st, 2012, 4:53 pm #3

Hi All:

I would really appreciate some recommendations for challenging Class 1-3 hikes in the Sawtooth Wilderness. I am planning to be in the area for two days in mid-July. I am an experienced hiker in excellent shape.

- Climb (non-technical) at least two peaks (over 10,000ft would be great)an multiple in a day even better
- Each day a minimum of 10 miles RT - vertical climb of 3,500 plus each
- Am planning to car camp near trailhead(s)and would prefer an area that I can reach in a Subaru
- Would love to be able to access area with as little driving from campsite as possible
- Would prefer to see as few people as possible, but not a must

Any help would be so appreciated.

Thanks

Rick

Portland, OR
If you do Thompson make sure you go all the way around to the south couloir. The southwest couloir ends short of the true summit and involves a bit of low 5th class climbing to get on top. The south couloir is a short and fun 3rd class scramble.

Bob
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Dan
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June 21st, 2012, 5:18 pm #4

Hi All:

I would really appreciate some recommendations for challenging Class 1-3 hikes in the Sawtooth Wilderness. I am planning to be in the area for two days in mid-July. I am an experienced hiker in excellent shape.

- Climb (non-technical) at least two peaks (over 10,000ft would be great)an multiple in a day even better
- Each day a minimum of 10 miles RT - vertical climb of 3,500 plus each
- Am planning to car camp near trailhead(s)and would prefer an area that I can reach in a Subaru
- Would love to be able to access area with as little driving from campsite as possible
- Would prefer to see as few people as possible, but not a must

Any help would be so appreciated.

Thanks

Rick

Portland, OR
You will see people on these, but you can camp at the trailheads and they meet your criteria. Both are county highpoints and both are stunning! Snowyside has a great class 3 finish.

Cramer
http://idahosummits.com/cramer/cramer.htm

Snowyside
http://idahosummits.com/snowyside/snowyside.htm
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Smoove
Smoove

June 21st, 2012, 9:57 pm #5

Payette Peak has a nice, easy approach, sweet basecamp area at Imogene, and possibilities for other, lower no-named peaks.

http://www.splattski.com/2009/payette/index.html
http://www.summitpost.org/quest-to-10-000-ft/555735
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Smoove
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June 21st, 2012, 10:00 pm #6

If you do Thompson make sure you go all the way around to the south couloir. The southwest couloir ends short of the true summit and involves a bit of low 5th class climbing to get on top. The south couloir is a short and fun 3rd class scramble.

Bob
This is the mistake we ended up doing when a buddy and mine tried the climb. I would suspect the area needed to be is the saddle between Thompson and Mickey's Spire? This should show the route to the top nicely (from what I can tell). Hopefully I'll have another shot at it this summer.
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Joined: June 21st, 2012, 5:23 am

June 22nd, 2012, 3:43 pm #7

You will see people on these, but you can camp at the trailheads and they meet your criteria. Both are county highpoints and both are stunning! Snowyside has a great class 3 finish.

Cramer
http://idahosummits.com/cramer/cramer.htm

Snowyside
http://idahosummits.com/snowyside/snowyside.htm
Dan:

Thanks for the excellent suggestions. These look like just the options I've been looking for.

Two quick questions:

1. Looks like the best trailhead for Cramer is Hell Roaring Upper - do you think I can I get all the way there with a Subaru Outback?

2. Looks like I can plan on camping at Pettit Lake and hike Snowuside from the Tin Cup trailhead. Assuming I arrive on a Thursday, do you think I'll be able to find a suitable campsite (don't care if it's in a campground).

Again, thanks. I enjoyed the posts you provided and am really looking forward to my week in Idaho (am hiking in the Tetons prior to the Sawtooths).

Rick
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LT
LT

June 24th, 2012, 12:17 am #8

Hell Roaring Upper Trailhead was closed and relocated last summer. Might want to call and double-check to be sure it's open before heading out there.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sawtooth/ ... RDB5313531
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