Elevation: 10,082 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 123 of the book. Deb Rose provided great photos documenting the route set forth in the book. Judi Steciak has provided a more detailed route description and photos for climbing the peak’s WSW Ridge. These additions are found down the page. Updated April 2018
Mount McGuire is the highest point in the Bighorn Crags. USGS Mount McGuire
The following photos were taken by Deb Rose during a July 2015 climb via the standard route.
WSW Ridge, Class 2 by Judi Steciak
Where the intermittent stream enters Ship Island Lake from the saddle between McGuire and Point 9270, start up the drainage on its West Side. You may find old cut logs, blazes, and eventually switchbacks in the gravel near the saddle – evidence of a long abandoned trail that wanders across and up the drainage. Occasional flagging tape may remain from more recent usage. A few cairns of undetermined age exist as well. Once you reach the saddle, head up the WSW Ridge over boulders to the summit.
Return the way you came or do a loop hike: descend the Southeast Ridge, walk down to a pond at 9,150 feet and then follow the drainage towards Airplane Lake and the trail back to Ship Island Lake [(H)(184.108.40.206)(a.2.1) on Page 144 ], a reversal of the description on Page 123.