Elevation: 10,068 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is on Pages 201-202 of the book.
McDonald Peak sits east of the main Sawtooth Crest just southwest of Pettit Lake. It is a peak that can be climbed earlier in the Spring than most Sawtooth Peaks because its slopes melt out earlier than the peaks on the crest. It has also been climbed a number of times in Winter. Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke provide new route information and access information which is set out below. USGS Snowyside Peak
South Ridge, Class 2
Gain the col between Peak 10027 and Point 9794 from the trail-less lake basin due east of Peak 10027. Either follow the directions on Page 202 for this approach to Peak 10027 or do a short but steep hike over the ridge east of Point 9889 from Lake 9078 in the Cabin Creek drainage [(A)(3)(b) on Page 206]. For the easiest footing, stay on the crest of the ridge as it winds its way up and over Point 9974.
Approach update for [(A)(3)(b)] on Page 206: From ID-75, turn west on Cabin Creek Road (FSR-207) about 1.5 miles north of the turnoff for Alturas Lake (FSR-207 is no longer accessible from the Alturas Lake Road). In case the signs are missing: turn left/south at 1.2 miles from ID-75, right/west at about 1.8 miles farther and continue for another 0.2 miles to the Cabin Creek Trailhead.