Climbing and access information for this peak is found on pages 267 and 268.
McGowan Peak is a rarely climbed summit in the Pahsimeroi section of the Lost River Range. The book lists the elevation at 10,716. More recent data shows the peak at 10,740 feet. The photo essay below documents my 1991 ascent. Use the trip report links for ascents by other climbers including a 2018 winter ascent.
McGowan Peak viewed from the west, June 1991.
The approach up McGowan Creek will only encounter serious stream flows during the spring runoff.
The McGowan drainage is typical of most Lost River Range drainages where water will often dissappear under ground. You will find good game trails in parts of the drainage and thick brush in other parts but the walking is generally good.
Once you climb above the forest canopy the route opens up.
You will have a couple of easy rock steps to climb along the way.
Looking back down the west ridge.
Looking south down the main crest of the Pahsimeroi section of the Lost River Range from McGowan’s summit.