Climbing information for this peak is found on page 198.
Elk is one the remotest Sawtooth Peaks. It is a long hike including a tough stretch of crosscountry travel to access it from the east. Climbing it from the west involves a trudge up the South Fork Payette River and a lot of elevation gain.
Elk Peak from Payette Peak. John Platt Photo
Elk Peak from Redfish Lake Creek. Matt Durrant Photo
Elk Peak from the Upper Redfish Lakes. I climbed the peak by accessing the saddle at the left side of the photo and then following the ridge on it’s backside to the summit.
Elk Peak viewed from the north ridge of Decker Peak.
Dana Hansen looking toward the west Summit of Elk Peak.