Peak 9942 (Mount Ernie Day)

Elevation: 9,942 ft
Prominence: 562

This peak is not in the book.


Peak 9942 is located on the East Side of the White Cloud Mountains. USGS Boulder Chain Lakes

Rick Baugher provided the following trip report:

“From the East Fork Salmon River, I was expecting a nice hiking trail going up Wickiup Creek. Instead, the mouth of Wickiup Creek (6,240 feet) was blocked by private land. I skirted this 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, I made camp in a fir grove near the last reliable flowing water of Wickiup Creek at 8,900 feet. I pitched my one-man tent, cached, then hiked north up sage-covered slope volcanics to ‘Mount Ernie Day.’ I left a register and small cairn on summit next to the remains of a survey target signal circa 1968.”

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 the summit of Mount Ernie Day, the view west to the White Cloud Mountains (8/15/10). Castle Peak (left) and Merriam Peak (right). 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. The view east to Mount 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 a catalyst in preventing open pit mining in the Northeast Basin of Castle Peak. Descending the West Ridge, by chance, I met Dave Pahlas of Meridian,ID, coming up. He is out to climb the 78 White Cloud Mountains. I returned to my tent. White clouds turned gray. Rumbles of thunder, sprinkles, then mosquitoes.”

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: White Cloud Mountains

Longitude: -114.54369   Latitude: 44.04649

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