Hyndman Peak

Elevation: 12,009 ft
Prominence: 4,829

Climbing information for this 12er peak is found on page 249.


Hyndman Peak is located in the Pioneer Mountain Range in the Sawtooth National Forest. The peak lies on the boundary of Blaine and Custer counties. At 12,009 feet, Hyndman Peak barely makes the cut as an Idaho 12er. Hyndman is the 9th tallest peak in the state, but it receives a lot of attention from peakbaggers because it is considered one of the easier 12ers to summit.

Most people climb the peak by its east ridge. It is approximately 2 flat miles on an old jeep trail from the trailhead to the point where you will start hiking the mountain. People sometimes mountain bike this flat section and stash their bikes in the trees while climbing the peak.

The attractive East Ridge approach is shown in the following photo essay.

USGS Topo: Hyndman Peak


East Ridge, Class 2

Over the years a use trail has developed through the meadows making the approach a bit easier. Photo - Steve Mandella

Over the years a use trail has developed through the meadows making the approach a bit easier. Photo – Steve Mandella

The upper basin. Photo - Steve Mandella

The upper basin. Photo – Steve Mandella

Hyndman Peak from the upper basin.

Hyndman Peak from the upper basin.

Looking up the ridge from the saddle. Photo - Steve Mandella

Looking up the ridge from the saddle. Photo – Steve Mandella

Climbing the ridge. Photo - Steve Mandella

Climbing the ridge. Photo – Steve Mandella

The peak's east ridge is mostly unconsolidated rubble. It has been many years since I climbed it, and you will now find a use trail(s) as you move up the ridge.

The peak’s east ridge is mostly unconsolidated rubble. It has been many years since I climbed it, and you will now find a use trail(s) as you move up the ridge.

Hyndman Peak from the lower slopes of Cobb Peak.

Hyndman Peak from the lower slopes of Cobb Peak.

Hyndman Peak from the summit of Cobb Peak.

Hyndman Peak from the summit of Cobb Peak.

Hyndman Peak from Old Hyndman Peak.

Hyndman Peak from Old Hyndman Peak.

Hyndman Peak from upper Hyndman Creek.

Hyndman Peak from upper Hyndman Creek.

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Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Year Climbed: 1987

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 1889
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: Unknown. Also it is not clear that 1889 was the year of the first ascent. The ascent may have occurred as late as 1895. Additionally, we know that George A. McLeod made an early ascent during this time period.
  • Party: E.T. Perkins and W. Griswold
  • Other First Ascent: Winter ascent. Route unknown.
  • Year: 1960
  • Season: Winter
  • Party: Louis Stur and others. Once again, I do not know the route or the exact year which was sometime in the 1960s.
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  • Other First Ascent: Winter ascent of the east ridge
  • Year: 1992
  • Season: Winter
  • Party: Ron Watters, J. Lowry, D. McBride and J. Elphanson.

Longitude: -114.131103   Latitude: 43.74936

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