Mount McCaleb

Elevation: 11,682 ft

This peak is found on pages 286 and 287.


Mount McCaleb is one of Idaho’s most prominent peaks when viewed from US-93 near MacKay, Idaho. Most people climb the peak via the saddle between it and Little Mac but there are a number of other interesting routes on the peak. The standard route climbs from the saddle between McCaleb and Little Mac. Larry Prescott provided the folowing clarification on access to the start of the route yo the saddle. Larry writes: I think the most direct route to the base of the Mount McCaleb is neither the upper or lower Cedar Creeks roads; I have been on both. The best way is to turn right on Main Street in Mackay. Proceed to the foothill. Instead of curving right, stop at the green gate. The sign on the gate identifies the road leading up to a communications tower but there is no indication of trespassing. As always, make sure the gate is closed behind you.

The access road to the start of the route between Mount McCaleb and Little Mac is shown in this photo by Larry Prescott.

The access road to the start of the route between Mount McCaleb and Little Mac is shown in this photo by Larry Prescott.

Check out Larry’s trip reports for some truly outstanding photos of his climbs.


 

Mount McCaleb from near Mackay, Idaho.

Mount McCaleb from near Mackay, Idaho.

While not as popular as the route from the Little Mac/Mount McCaleb saddle, the east ridge is an enjoyable and challenging scramble. Approach from Lower Cedar Creek and climb the first major gully leading up to toward the east face. Climb this talus filled gully to the east ridge. Follow the ridge toward the summit. The last 100 feet are quite steep and hovers between Class 3 and 4 in difficulty.

Looking up the Long Gully which climbs out of Lower Cedar Creek toward the peak's east face and east ridge (on the left).

Looking up the Long Gully which climbs out of Lower Cedar Creek toward the peak’s east face and east ridge (on the left).

East face of Mount McCaleb.

East face of Mount McCaleb.

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Year Climbed: 1987

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 1914
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: Unknown
  • Party: T.M. Bannon
  • Other First Ascent: East Face
  • Year: 1962
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Lyman Dye and A. Barnes
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  • Other First Ascent: East Ridge
  • Year: 1987
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Tom Lopez and Dana Hansen

Longitude: -113.59811   Latitude: 43.99389

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