Anderson Peak

Elevation: 9,339 ft
Prominence: 1,319

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Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 232 of the book. Margo Mandella provided the updated access, route information and photos found below. Updated October 2020


In June, when higher peaks are still covered by snow, Anderson Peak is the place to view the surrounding mountains: the Lost River Range, the Salmon River Mountains and its siblings in the Boulder Mountains. USGS Horse Basin

Anderson Peak as viewed when approaching from the soutn.

Anderson Peak as viewed from the south.

Looking south from near the summit to the higher Boulder Peaks.

Looking east from near the summit to the Pahsimeroi Range.


2020 Update by Margo Mandella

Access

Traveling west on US Highway 93 from Mackay, Idaho, drive over Willow Creek Summit and continue to the base of the pass. Here, turn south on a well-graded gravel road (Dry Gulch Road). At a signed intersection continue to drive on Dry Gulch Road approximately 5 miles. Here, take a four wheel drive road that is signed open January 1 – September 30 as it heads west. (Note: a HC4WD is highly recommended for most all roads off of Dry Gulch and Walker Way roads in this area.) Continue to a plateau at 8718-feet elevation. The climb of Anderson Peak is 4 miles roundtrip from this point. However, if you want to get closer, you can drive north along the fenceline road to ~8800 feet and begin hiking from there, which makes the climb 2 miles round trip.

The 4WD road "sign and chain gate" off of Dry Gulch Road. Steve Mandella Photo

The 4WD road “sign and chain gate” off of Dry Gulch Road. Margo Mandella Photo

Southwest Ridge/Traverse Route, Class 2

We followed the prominent southwest ridge and climbed over Point 9068 on our ascent to Anderson. However, on our return we took a well-defined pack trail traverse around the point. For us, it was a little less than 2 mile roundtrip with 550 feet of elevation gain. If you take the traverse both ways, then it would be slightly less than 550 ft elevation, and if you go up and over Point 9068 in both directions then it would be a little more elevation. Either way, the wide-open landscape of Anderson Peak provides fantastic, unobstructed 360-degree views of many prominent peaks in all directions in addition to the nearby Pahsimeroi Range and west end Lost River Range peaks.
Anderson Peak summit survey marker. Steve Mandella photo

Anderson Peak summit survey marker. Steve Mandella photo

The pack trail traverse around Point 9068 that we somehow missed on our ascent. Margo Mandella Photo

The pack trail traverse around Point 9068 that we somehow missed on our ascent. Margo Mandella Photo

Margo’s GPS track.


Additional Photos

Did I mention wild flowers in June? I should have.

Did I mention wild flowers in June? I should have.

Lone Pine Peak's isolation from the remaining Boulder Peaks is documented by this shot from Anderson Peak.

Lone Pine Peak’s isolation from the remaining Boulder Peaks is illustrated in this photo from Anderson Peak.

Mount Borah from Anderson Peak.

Mount Borah as viewed from Anderson Peak.

Anderson Peak is a good spot to see wild horses and Elk in June. They are a long way off but several elk are crossing this ridge.

Anderson Peak is a good spot to see wild horses and elk in June. Several elk are crossing the ridge in the distance.

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Year Climbed: 1995

Longitude: -114.02401   Latitude: 44.19782

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