Sunny Bar Peak

Elevation: 10,512 ft
Prominence: 452

This peak is found on page 310. A new route is added below.


Sunny Bar Peak is seldom climbed despite the fact that an ascent to its summit is a quintessential Lemhi Range climb. The route described in the book climbs the south ridge from Fallert Springs. Please note that although the route is rated Class 2 you could encounter some Class 3 moves depending on how you choose to climb the summit block. I climbed the peak vis it’s southwest ridge in March of 2015. The new route is described below.

Sunny Bar Peak viewed from the west. The Rocky Run drainage is the "V" shaped canyon just left of center.

Sunny Bar Peak viewed from the west. The Rocky Run drainage is the “V” shaped canyon just left of center.

 

Southwest Ridge Route. Class 2.

Also, see Dan Robbins’ trip report.

The peak’s wandering and complicated southwest ridge is best accessed via the Rocky Run Creek drainage. A four wheel drive with high clearance is necessary to drive this road. 15.3 miles north of Howe, a County Road leads from the Little Lost River Highway (formerly the Pahsimeroi Highway) to the start of the rugged, steep two track road that leads into the canyon. It’s 5.4 miles from the highway to roads end.

This is Dan's GPS track for the approach. Note that road leading across private ground is a county road and open to the public despite the fact that you will pass under a large sign for the ranch you are driving through. Also, the road coming in from the west is a county road and works if you are driving down from the north.

This is Dan’s GPS track for the approach. Note that road leading across private ground is a county road and open to the public despite the fact that you will pass under a large sign for the ranch you are driving through. Also, the road coming in from the west is a county road and works if you are driving down from the north.

Once inside the canyon you will find a sign announcing “Rocky Run Creek.” There are two spots here that are level enough for small tents. The road continues up the canyon gaining another 500 feet of elevation to a spot where it crosses the creek. Park here at 7,100 feet. You may find a spot in this area level enough for a tent.

Dan Robbins enjoying a balmy March evening in Rocky Run Canyon.

Dan Robbins enjoying a balmy March evening in Rocky Run Canyon.

From this point, you will see a broad rib descending toward you from the southwest ridge. Ascend this rib as you climb up you will start finding game trails. Some exceptionally well developed. You can either continue to climb the thousand plus feet to the top of the ridge or start contouring up toward the right on one of the many elk trails you encounter. In any case, you need to get to the top of the ridge at some point before you reach the 8,200 foot contour. From this point the ridge is well defined as it jogs north for a bit and the turns northeast toward the summit. At time you will find good elk trails leading you up and at other points the trails zig-zag across the ridge.

Looking back on the starting point from a couple of hundred feet up the rib.

Looking back on the starting point from a couple of hundred feet up the rib.

Following an elk trail up toward the ridge crest. Some of these game trails rival forest service trails but the have a nasty habit of ending in spots where the forage is thick enough to disperse the herd.

Following an elk trail up toward the ridge crest. Some of these game trails rival forest service trails but the have a nasty habit of ending in spots where the forage is thick enough to disperse the herd.

Sunny Bar Peak

The top of the southwest ridge offers good footing and mostly open landscape.

At the 8400 contour there is a rocky formation blocking the ridge crest pass it on its north side by side billing across a talus field. Continue on up the ridge to tree line where you will find another Rocky section that is also passed on its north side. The summit is just above this point.

The first view of the summit far above from the southwest ridge.

The first view of the summit far above from the southwest ridge.

The view up from the edge of treeline.

The view up from the edge of treeline.

Looking up to the summit.

Looking up to the summit.

Dan Robbins arriving at the summit.

Dan Robbins arriving at the summit.

The southwest ridge route viewed from the top down. 3.0 miles one way with roughly 3600 feet of elevation gain.

The southwest ridge route viewed from the top down. 3.0 miles one way with roughly 3600 feet of elevation gain.

The summit viewed from the peaks lower north summit.

The summit viewed from the peaks lower north summit.

Dan's GPS track from the parking spot to the summit.

Dan’s GPS track from the parking spot to the summit.

Sunny Bar Peak. Larry Prescott Photo

Sunny Bar Peak. Larry Prescott Photo

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -113.08229   Latitude: 44.05169

Photos:

Share this post ...Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestmail

Comments are closed.