Elephants Perch

Elevation: 9,670 ft
Prominence: 170

Climbing and access information for this peak is on Pages 176-180 of the book.


Elephants Perch has Idaho’s most famous big wall. It is a complicated and big peak with a lot of area to explore. Still, most people know the peak for its big wall routes and the vast majority approach the peak from Saddleback Lakes. Farther down this page you will find a photo of the face showing the lines of the Mountaineer’s and Astro Elephant Routes. You will also find three links to trip reports by a Brad Brandewie which photo document 4 routes on the face. Clint Cummins has cataloged the technical routes on the Elephants Perch including links to topos which you can reach by clicking on this sentence. USGS Mount Cramer

The east summit of the Elephants Perch.

The East Summit of Elephants Perch.

The Elephant Perch's summit area is a unique spot, unlike any other Sawtooth summit.

The summit area of Elephants Perch is a unique spot, unlike any other Sawtooth summit.

The summit plateau of the Elephant's Perch.

The summit plateau of Elephants Perch.

The west summit of the Elephants Perch from the east summit.

The West Summit of Elephants Perch as viewed from the East Summit.

The Elephants Perch from the first Saddleback Lake.

Elephants Perch as viewed from the first Saddleback Lake.

Elephant Perch from above Saddleback Lakes.

Elephant Perch as viewed from above Saddleback Lakes.

The Elephants Perch from Braxon Peak.

Elephants Perch as viewed from Braxon Peak.


Access

Finding your way to Saddleback Lakes involves using your route-finding skills. Access is discussed on Pages 206-207 of the book [see (A)(6)(b.2)]. Even with the description, the route can be difficult to traverse, especially in its lower stretches. Redfish Lake Creek will be difficult and dangerous to cross when the water is up. The lower forest changes at natures whim. Use a good topo map or GPS to aid your effort. I have posted two photos of the approach from 1994. Undoubtedly, the vegetation has changed since the shots were taken.

In the 1994 there were large logs laying across Redfish Lake Creek and the crossing was easy in low water.

In 1994, there were large logs laying across Redfish Lake Creek and the crossing was easy in low water.

As you work out of the bottom land, use trails can be found that will lead you part of the way to the Saddleback Lakes.

As you work out of the bottom land, use trails can be found that will lead you part of the way to the Saddleback Lakes.

 

This photo shows the Mountaineers Route on the left and Astro Elephant on the right. Photo and Route lines by John Platt

This photo shows the Mountaineers Route (left) and Astro Elephant (right). Photo and route lines by John Platt

 


Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

Year Climbed: 1993

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: First Winter Ascent (Beckey Route)
  • Year: 1984
  • Season: Winter
  • Party: Paul Potters, Steve Morris, Dave Bingham

Longitude: -114.968686   Latitude: 44.072733

Photos:

The Elephants Perch from Braxon Peak
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