Looking for a snow-free peak

Looking for a snow-free peak

Joined: March 9th, 2012, 6:34 pm

June 18th, 2012, 4:01 pm #1

Hey folks. My Brother is in town next week and we want to do an overnighter with a big peak. Any suggestions? He doesn't have any experience with snow climbing. A little bit of hiking through snow isn't a problem, but anything that requires ice axe, etc. is out.

I'd like to do something with a decent amount of prominence but i'm not too set on that. Thanks!
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Joined: January 15th, 2008, 6:19 am

June 18th, 2012, 6:22 pm #2

I don't know the exact conditions this year but a few options that are usually pretty clear by now are:

White Knob traverse: Four prominent 11k peaks all nicely grouped together on pretty easy terrain. I did it about this time of year in 2010 which was a little bit of a heavier snow year. We had no trouble with snow.http://www.summitpost.org/white-knob-mountains/633978

Smiley Mountain: A big 11k peak in the Southern Pioneers, close to the White Knobs. It has a broad Southern exposure that usually melts out pretty early. This peak is also pretty mellow terrain-wise.http://www.summitpost.org/smiley-mountain/447372

Big Black Dome: Another mellow terrain 11k peak that melts out pretty early. It is in the Copper Basin area of the Pioneers, across from the White Knobs.http://idahosummits.com/big_black_dome/ ... k_dome.htm

Grays Peak: A 10k peak, also in the Pioneers that is usually pretty clear by now. It is near the main crest area and is accessed basically the same way as Hyndman, just continuing up the East Fork road a little farther to Federal Gulch CG.http://idahosummits.com/grays_id/grays.htm

Phi Kappa/Summit Creek Peak: Also in the Pioneers but accessed from Trail Creek Summit. Killer Views and pretty mellow terrain.http://www.summitpost.org/phi-kappa-sum ... eak/153192

Smoky Dome: A very prominent 10k peak just North of Fairfield. You can do a traverse of nearly the entire range in a day (Smoky Dome, 3rd, 2nd, 1st peaks)if you have two cars. I did it in June of last year, which was a pretty heavy snow year, and we were clear pretty much the whole way.http://idahosummits.com/smoky_dome/smoky_dome.htm

There's tons more. If none of these fit the bill I'm sure we can find more. Let me know.

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Dan
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June 18th, 2012, 6:40 pm #3

I saw Smoky Dome this morning and it has a lot of drifts, but is mostly free of snow on the south side.

Grays Peak tends to melt out early and is a good suggestion.

Kings or Smiley would probably work.
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Joined: January 15th, 2008, 6:19 am

June 18th, 2012, 8:10 pm #4

True, King Mountain might be great right now.

For more ideas check out this page.http://www.splattski.com/overview/june.html Some of the trips are probably more hard core than you're looking for but a lot of them might work.
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splattski
splattski

June 18th, 2012, 10:57 pm #5

I saw Smoky Dome this morning and it has a lot of drifts, but is mostly free of snow on the south side.

Grays Peak tends to melt out early and is a good suggestion.

Kings or Smiley would probably work.
I think Dan's suggestion of Grays should be just right. Judging by the Baldy cam it should be dry the whole way, offers great views of the Pioneers and even the Lost Rivers, and is easy to do in a day from Boise.
Trip report for reference:
http://www.splattski.com/2008/grays/index.html
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