Elevation: 12,228 ft
Climbing information for this 12er peak is found at pages 276 to 277 in Idaho – A Climbing Guide. Check out the view from Leatherman’s summit with Larry Prescott’s labeled photos. Also see Wes Collin’s article on The Lost River Traverse in the Climbing History section.
Leatherman is a distinctive peak that is easily visible from ID-93, yet it is difficult to access. Approaches from both the east and the west require a 4WD, good rough road driving skills, and a bit of patience.
Scroll down this page to find descriptions of the Northeast Ridge and Leatherman North Ridge routes, which are not found in the book.
USGS Topo: Leatherman Peak
My Photo Essay
Dan Robbins reports the following route on Leatherman Peak, which is not found in the book. Also, check out Dan’s trip report.
Come in from the West Fork Pahsimeroi trail [(B)(8)(a)] hiking due west toward Leatherman Pass. Between Peak 11,909 and Leatherman, follow the gully up to a cirque at 10,800 feet. From here, either hit the northeast face, or continue up the gully to the ridge at 11,800 feet and follow the ridge to the top.
All the rock on this route is tight and it is a very pleasant route. There is only one short 20-30 foot section of class 3 climbing, which could be bypassed by dropping down off the ridge a little (I’m too lazy to do that though). The face looked doable in several spots too, and probably would have been just as easy. 8 miles, 4,100 feet, took us 8 hours, but my friend bonked. If I had soloed this peak, I probably would have finished it in 6 1/2 to 7 hours.
North Ridge Route
Steve Sheriff of Missoula, Montana, climbed the North Ridge Direct route. The following information was provided by Steve. He also put up a new route on Old Hyndman.
Leatherman Peak, North Ridge via the 11,909 knob on the way, 7/10/1999.
I did this with Dave Pengelly and John Kienberger. It seems as if this should have been done before as it is an obvious way up Leatherman, if you are in the east fork valley. I’d wanted to get up Leatherman and we were down there to climb Mount Corruption, so we wandered up Leatherman via the north ridge as well.
This was mostly a walk, with some minor scrambling and makes for a really nice, scenic ridge wander. Nice enough that we reversed the route to return to the car – an 8-hour round trip. The wildlife highlight of this one was startling a mountain lion on the way back through the woods.
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Mountain Range: Lost River Range
Year Climbed: 1982
First Ascent Information:
- First Ascent Year: 1910
- Season: Summer
- Route: Unknown
- Party: T.M. Bannon
- Other First Ascent: First Winter via West Ridge
- Year: 1973
- Season: Winter
- Party: W. March and R. Albano