Elevation: 11,310 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 270. Brett Sergenian has climbed a new route on the peak which is set out below.
Al West Peak is the first peak north of Mount Borah on the main Lost River Range crest. Rick Baugher made the first ascent via the peak’s south ridge. Use the link below to read Rick’s trip report.
South Ridge/South Face Route, Class 3, by Brett Sergenian
I ended up doing this route on the ascent by accident but it is direct and avoids bushwhacking. When I realized Mahogany Creek was on the other side of Rock Creek requiring a 1500′ drop, I decided to wing it and see what happens by following the ridge. At the end of Rock Creek Rd, stay north of Rock Creek and go over points 9053, 9218, and 9192. From Point 9192, head straight uphill towards Point 11188. This section of 2,000′ in elevation gain in a mile or less is tiring but I stayed near some small rock towers for better footing. Before then you will encounter some class 4/5 cliff bands. I nearly got to the top of the gully to the right before encountering class 5 terrain. Just to the west I tried another route that was class 4+ in unstable rock. After dropping down once again, I found a class 2 gully filled with loose scree just to the west of the class 4+ route. Once hitting the cliff bands, contour to the west into this gully. Although the loose scree is not pleasant, it leads just to the west of Point 11188. From Point 11188, head east to the summit with a few class 3 moves to avoid a couple of towers. On the way down I decided to take the standard route to be easier on my knees. My route was to the west of Baugher’s route that he took in 1993.
[Editor’s note: Use the Brett Sergenian link below to read his full trip report. Brett also posted in GPS data at the following Strava link: https://www.strava.com/activities/1021747949.]