Elevation: 7,620 ft
This peak is not in the book. This peak is part of the Trout Creek Pass Grand Slam completed by Livingston Douglas. Published November 2019
Date of Climb: October 5, 2019
Dads Hump IS literally a small rocky hump located just above, and east of, Trout Creek Pass. This peak is Peak #1 of the Trout Creek Pass Grand Slam. It is a fun, short scramble up a combination of brush/scrub and boulders to a very SMALL summit with a very LARGE cairn. It offers an excellent view of the next leg of the Grand Slam, the traverse to South Tit (7,518’).
Park at the Phantom Falls Trailhead (5,740 feet) along FSR-533/Trapper Creek Road. This trailhead is located 9.6 miles up FSR-533 from the Sawtooth National Forest boundary and 2.3 miles up Fall Creek from where the road crosses to the south side of Trapper Creek and leaves the Trapper Creek drainage. The Phantom Falls Trailhead is signed and has pullouts on both sides of the road.
South Face, Class 2
Hike up FSR-533 to a signed junction with FSR-536. Go L/S on FSR-536 and follow it for about ½ mile until it makes a sharp R/W turn at a signed junction with FST-267 at Trout Creek Pass. Hike S then E up FST-267 for just over ½ mile to reach the South Face of Dads Hump. This hump is the first ridge hump that you encounter in your trek along FST-267. If you reach another road junction (a “T” junction), you’ve gone too far and must backtrack to the South Face, where there is open terrain and not thick aspen forest (as there is on the Southeast Face).
Leave FST-267 and climb directly up the steep slope, staying left of the thick aspens. This is still a bit of a battle in thick scrub with boulders mixed in higher up to make the route even more unpleasant. But it doesn’t last for long as the scramble from the road to the summit covers only 1/8th of a mile. The summit is rocky and very small, but has a massive 5-foot tall cairn on top!
From here, get a good look at South Tit, a gentle, non-rocky hump directly to the South. You can see the scrub traverse and North Face terrain that you must navigate to complete Peak #2 of the Trout Creek Pass Grand Slam.