Meridian Peak East by Judi Steciak

Elevation: 10,217 ft
Prominence: 397

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This peak is not in the book. Published October 2023

Meridian Peak East is located between Meridian Peak and Far East Peak. We climbed it with Far East Peak from the connecting saddle, which we accessed from Slide Creek. USGS Meridian Peak

View of Meridian East Peak as you approach the saddle. Meridian Peak is in the background on the right. Carl Hamke Photo


Drive about 9.0 miles up North Fork Big Lost River Road [B) (2) FS-128 on Page 242]. Turn north onto the short spur road that heads up Slide Canyon and park at the end of the road.

From the end of the road, cross Slide Creek and walk up its east side. Stay close to the edge and you should spot the waterfalls that gives the creek its name. Soon you will intersect an abandoned road that ends near the fork at 7,870 feet. Cross the creek and head up the nose between the forks. Continue up on intermittent game trails into a burn area until you can traverse west more-or-less horizontally to the saddle between the peaks. The footing is generally good everywhere on this hike.

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

The broad northeast ridge up to the Meridian Peak East summit cone presents no real difficulties. Check out the small arch in the summit crest that frames Kent Peak and Ryan Peak. It was easiest to drop down to the north below the summit cliffs and climb back up. Alternatively, you can stay on the crest proper and enjoy a couple spicier moves.

Meridian Peak East and Far East Peak (the next bump on the ridge to the right) as viewed from Ursa Peak. Carl Hamke Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Boulder Mountains

Longitude: -114.3064   Latitude: 43.9459

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