Elevation: 10,010 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 233 of the book. Livingston Douglas added the North Spur/East Ridge Route. Updated November 2021
Jerry Peak and South Jerry Peak are outliers from the main Boulder Mountains Crest. Both peaks are located in the rain shadow formed by their higher neighbors, the main Boulder Front and the White Cloud Mountains. The two peaks are joined by a unique high, wide alpine ridge with a precipitous west faces. The straight-line distance between the two peaks is 2.1 miles. The 360-degree views from the peak take in the White Cloud Mountains, the Salmon River Mountains, the northern Lemhi Range, the Lost River Range, the White Knob Mountains, and the Pioneer Mountains. USGS Jerry Peak
The recommended route is a hike from South Jerry Peak. There are undoubtedly other longer approaches from the east for people to scout out. The Howell Canyon approach would be the shortest but it is closed off by private property. Use the South Jerry Peak page for a description of the access to that peak.
South Ridge, Class 2
This route crosses the broad, high alpine meadow that joins South Jerry Peak to Jerry Peak. There are no obstacles or route-finding issues. Just point yourself north and hike to the summit. It requires about 2.4 miles one-way, depending upon how much you wander around the meadow exploring this unique environment.
North Spur/East Ridge by Livingston Douglas
This climb covers 10.0 miles with 3,525 feet of elevation gain round trip. There is a rectangular-shaped patch of private land (fenced but not signed) on the south side of Corral Creek near the starting point for this climb. It can be skirted on its west side along a fence row. This route is entirely on BLM land.
From the junction of US-93 and [signed] Trail Creek Road (15.3 miles north of Main Street in Mackay), turn left/southwest onto Trail Creek Road. Drive 4.6 miles on Trail Creek Road to a signed junction with Walker Way. Turn right/north onto Walker Way and drive 5.5 miles to a signed junction with Sage Creek Road (bear right at an unsigned junction at 1.3 miles). Turn left/west onto Sage Creek Road and drive 0.6 miles to a signed junction with North Fork Sage Creek Road. Park at this junction in a small grassy pullout on the North Fork Road (6,979 feet). GPS coordinates: 44⁰05’00”N, 114⁰02’33”W.
North Spur/East Ridge, Class 2
From the road junction, bushwhack south through TALL sagebrush (7 feet tall with some gaps) and cross the Sage Creek drainage to reach the north side of the Corral Creek drainage. Follow a cattle trail west/upstream along Corral Creek to reach a fence corner. Cross to the south side of Corral Creek here and follow the right/west side of a fence row up a shoulder (the north spur) to reach the east ridge of Jerry Peak at Point 7785.
The terrain on the north spur is typical sagebrush initially but soon becomes easy, open scrub. The spur is somewhat steep early on. From Point 7785, follow the meandering, undulating ridge southwest then south then west to the rocky summit of Jerry Peak. The ridge terrain is mostly short scrub and easy scree with some rocky outcrops high up. There is a fence row on much, but not all, of the ridge crest. Occasionally, there is a weak 2-track (or cattle trail) just off the ridge crest.
At about Point 8072, a 2-track road comes up from Howell Canyon. There is an on-and-off use trail on the ridge crest from here almost to the summit. The extra ups and downs on the ridge add up to about 500 feet round trip. The final push to the summit is on rocky terrain, with a combination of loose, steep shale and rocky ridge outcrops. The summit has a USGS benchmark and a modest cairn.