Elevation: 8,583 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 113. John Platt’s calls this peak “The Spear” in his trip report (linked below) because of the granite spear on the summit and because he believes that the more impressive Peak 8737 should be called Fitsum Peak. Published January 2020
Fitsum Peak is located just east of the main Lick Creek Range crest on a ridgeline that separates Fitsum Creek and North Fitsum Creek. This peak is located in truly remote, difficult country. USGS Fitsum Peak
East Fork Lake Fork Trailhead. [(B)(3)(b) page 136] Hike up the East Fork Lake Fork to the junction with the North Fitsum Summit Trail in 6.9 miles with 1,200 feet of gain. [(B)(3)(b.1) page 136] The North Fitsum Summit Trail no longer shows up on USFS topographic map. Nevertheless, the trail is signed and sort of there. (See John’s trip report for a brief description of the trail conditions in 2019.) The route to Mount Horrendous begins on North Fitsum Summit.
South Face, Class 3/Class 4-5 Summit Spear
The route Leaves North Fitsum Summit, climbs up the north ridge of Peak 8737, drops down into the upper reaches of North Fork Fitsum Creek drainage and then climbs to the saddle on Fitsum Peak’s west ridge. From this saddle traverse across the peak’s southern slopes until you find a line that leads up to the summit.