Peak 9942 (Mount Ernie Day)

Elevation: 9,942 ft

This peak is not in the book.


This peak is located on the east side of the White Clouds. Rick Baugher provided the following trip report:

“From East Fork Salmon River I was expecting a nice hiking trail going up Wickiup Creek. Instead, the mouth of Wickiup Creek, 6240′, was blocked by private land. I sKirted this I holding and found a faint tread which I followed upstream. Upon entering USFS land, the trail had actually been maintained in spots, but still it was primitive and disappeared in sections. After 7 miles made camp in a fir grove near last reliable flowing water of Wickiup Creek at 8900′. Pitched my one man tent, cached, then hiked north up sage covered slope volcanics to ‘Mount Ernie Day’ 9942/562′. I left a register & small cairn on summit next to remains of survey target signal ca1968.”

From summit of Mt Ernie Day view W to the White Clouds most worth saving. Castle Peak, left, and Merriam Peak, right. 8/15/10. Rick Baugher Photo

From summit of Mt Ernie Day view W to the White Clouds most worth saving. Castle Peak, left, and Merriam Peak, right. 8/15/10. Rick Baugher Photo

Perched above Castle Lake. View E to Mt Ernie Day, 8/16/10. What this photo does not show, thanks to people like Ernie Day, is a yawning molybdenum mine. Rick Baugher Photo

Perched above Castle Lake. View E to Mt Ernie Day, 8/16/10. What this photo does not show, thanks to people like Ernie Day, is a yawning molybdenum mine. Rick Baugher Photo

The suggested peak name honors Ernie Day (1918-2008) an Idaho wilderness activist whose aerial photo of Castle Peak above here was catalyst in preventing open pit mining on NE basin of Castle Peak.

Descending west ridge, by chance, met Dave Pahlas of Meridian,ID, coming up. He is out to climb the 78 White Cloud summits. Back to tent. White clouds turned gray. Rumbles of thunder, sprinkles, then mosquitoes

USGS Boulder Chain of Lakes

Mountain Range: White Cloud Mountains

Longitude: -114.54369   Latitude: 44.04649

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