Elevation: 10,490 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 305. Livingston Douglas supplemented the book text by providing the description for the Southeast Ridge route found below. Updated December 2019
This peak sits on the main Lemhi crest between Umpleby Peak and the Medusa. The northeast ridge is a steep Class 2 climb. The traverse over to Umpleby is a more difficult Class 3 jaunt. USGS Coal Kiln Canyon
Southeast Ridge, Class 2+ by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: July 2, 2019
Basinger Canyon Road is located along the Little Lost River Highway exactly 5.8 miles N of Clyde. From the highway, turn R/E onto [unsigned] Basinger Canyon Road. At 0.8 miles, pass sheep pens on the R side of the road. At 1.0 miles, cross a bridge. At 1.1 miles, go L at an unsigned road fork. At 3.9 miles, reach the Challis National Forest boundary. Park/camp here (6,675 feet). If road conditions permit, you can drive another mile up narrow, rocky Basinger Canyon Road/FSR-840 to shorten this climb.
This route is the first leg of a ridge traverse from The Knoll to Umpleby Peak. Consequently, it is described from the summit of The Knoll to the connecting saddle with Umpleby. From the gentle summit of The Knoll, descend the ridge crest about ½ mile and 550 vertical feet to a saddle at 9,940 feet. The ridge terrain is very loose talus/scree with rocky ridge outcrops and steep, embedded rock strata/ledges. It goes at Class 2+ but be very careful with your footing on this ridge, particularly when descending it.