Peak 10901 (Bodacious Peak)

Elevation: 10,901 ft

This peak is not in the book. It is just southwest of the summit of Lorenzo Peak and some would argue it is that peak’s southwest summit. Nevertheless, as Pat Mcgrane sets forth below, it is an amazing climbing destination. Text and photos by Pat Mcgrane  unless otherwise noted.


Lorenzo Peak is arguably the finest summit in the Boulder Mountains. Point 10901 is Lorenzo’s highly visible southwest summit. As seen from Highway 75, it features a high concentration of steep snow climbs in the spring. Point 10901 deserves recognition as a peak in its own right despite having only 200 feet of prominence from the main summit. Some folks call Point 10901 Lightning Ridge, or Lightning Point, but I prefer to call it Bodacious Peak. Bodacious is a combination of the words bold and audacious.

Routes above drainage on the peak's southwest side.

Routes above drainage on the peak’s west side.

Bodacious Peak towers over ID-75. Route lines climbed by Pat Mcgrane.

Bodacious Peak’s southwest face towers over ID-75. Route lines climbed by Pat Mcgrane.

Bodacious Peak features awesome snow climbs and scrambles. It towers above Highway 75. The southwest and west faces are reached by crossing Billy’s Bridge, a makeshift Nordic ski bridge over the Wood River. The access is so good from the highway that day trips from Boise are routine.

The best time to climb Bodacious is spring from March through June. That’s when the inherently loose rock is covered by steep snow. Avalanches are not uncommon, so choose your route wisely.

Pat Mcgrane Photo

Nick Brown on the Southwest Face Route (Blue Route line). Pat Mcgrane Photo

Pat Mcgrane Photo

George Reinier climbing the west face (Yellow Route line). Pat Mcgrane Photo

Pat Mcgrane Photo

Pat Mcgrane climving the southwest face (Yellow Route line). George Reinier Photo

Pat notes, “I could go into great detail on every individual route (I have personally done seven), but that is unnecessary because the routes on the southwest and west faces are about the same difficulty, 35-50 degree snow with Class 3-4 rock sections. No rope is needed, just take your crampons. After reaching the summit of Bodacious, it’s another hour of steep snow to the summit of Lorenzo if you choose to do so. It is possible to glissade (or ski) all the way from the summit to timberline, making the return trip almost as fun as the climb.”

Pat Mcgrane Photo

Pat Mcgrane climbing the southwest face during the summer (Green Route Line). Kevin Mcgrane Photo

Lorenzo Peak from the summit of Badacious Peak. Pat Mcgrane Photo

Lorenzo Peak from the summit of Badocios Peak. Pat Mcgrane Photo

Courtesy of Google Maps, Bodacious Peak with Lorenzo behind it.

Courtesy of Google Maps, Bodacious Peak with Lorenzo behind it.

 

Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Longitude: -114.561928   Latitude: 43.838679

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