King Mountain

Elevation: 10,760 ft

This peak is found on page 289.


King Mountain is one of the most massive peaks in the state. It is the 168th highest Idaho summit and in terms of prominence it ranks number 50. It is a great mountain by any measure. As a result of the map makers placing the peak’s name on the peak’s lower, middle summit, most people who attempt King Mountain stop at its lower summit which is 10,612 feet and does not have a 300 foot rise. The true summit of this peak is referred to as North King Mountain by some. Clearly, the highest point on this great mountain is the summit of King Mountain and not the lower middle summit. I do not have any problem with people counting the 10,612 foot peak as a separate peak but if you want to climb King Mountain follow the long, enjoyable ridge north to the true summit.

King Mountain from the Little Lost River valley.

King Mountain from the Little Lost River valley.

King Mountain is probably better known for hang glider launch point than as a must do Lost River Peak. Thanks to the popularity of the launch point, there is a descent road which takes to nearly 8,000 feet.

King Mountain is probably better known for hang glider launch point than as a must do Lost River Peak. Thanks to the popularity of the launch point, there is a descent road which takes to nearly 8,000 feet.

The ridge/rib from the launch point to the peak's 10,612 foot middle summit is steep and eventually melts into the west face.

The ridge/rib from the launch point to the peak’s 10,612 foot middle summit is steep and eventually melts into the west face.

Dana Hansen climbing a Class 3 cliff on the peak's west face.

Dana Hansen climbing a Class 3 cliff on the peak’s west face.

Evidently most people who climb King Mountai do not visit the true summit. This shot shows the true summit King Mountain  when viewed from near the lower summit.

The true summit King Mountain viewed from near the middle summit. The intervening summit ridge is a classic walk.

Climbers traversing the summit ridge between the Middle and true summit.

Climbers traversing the summit ridge between the Middle and true summit.

Almost there!

Almost there!

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Year Climbed: 1991

Longitude: -113.26279   Latitude: 43.79301

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