McGown Peak

Elevation: 9,960 ft
Prominence: 1,080

Climbing information for this peak is found on pages 157 to 159.


This very photogenic peak stands just to the west of an equally photogenic cirque. The cirque is surrounded by McGown Peak on the west, the McGown Tower (photo below) on the south and Peak 9820 on the east. The East Face and the Northeast Diagonal Couloir are the two routes listed in the book. See the link below for Elijah Weber’s excellent photographic trip report for climbing the couloir. Farther down the page you will find photos by Dan Paulson documenting the East Face Route.

Mount McGowan from ID-75.

Mount McGowan from ID-75.

McGown Peak from Peak 9820 looks much different than it does from the valley.

McGown Peak from Peak 9820 looks much different than it does from the valley.

The McGowan Tower sits on the south side of the McGown cirque. I do not know if it has been climbed.

The McGowan Tower sits on the south side of the McGown cirque. I do not know if it has been climbed.

Looking down into the cirque from Peak 9820.

Looking down into the cirque from Peak 9820.

Another view of McGown.

Another view of McGown.

Yet, another view of the peak from the trail approach.

Yet, another view of the peak from the trail approach.

This shallow ponds found in the McGown Cirque is passed when climbing the east face route.

This shallow ponds found in the McGown Cirque is passed when climbing the east face route.

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East Face Route Photos by Dan Paulson.

McGown East Face. The peak's east face is ill defined in its lower slopes and there are a number of lines that you can follow. Dan Paulson Photo

McGown East Face. The peak’s east face is ill defined in its lower slopes and there are a number of lines that you can follow. Dan Paulson Photo

As you ascend the face it narrows and funnels toward the summit block. Dan Paulson Photo

As you ascend the face it narrows and funnels toward the summit block. Dan Paulson Photo

The summit block involves a short section of Class 3 climbing. Dan Paulson Photo

The summit block involves a short section of Class 3 climbing. Dan Paulson Photo

This fully is full of deteriorated granite and care is needed to avoid slipping. Dan Paulson Photo

This fully is full of deteriorated granite and care is needed to avoid slipping. Dan Paulson Photo

Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

Year Climbed: 1992

Longitude: -115.081547   Latitude: 44.212635

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