Peak 11781 (Paragon Peak)

Elevation: 11,781 ft
Prominence: 361

Paragon Peak viewed from Ferguson Peak.

This peak is not in the book. Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke provided the following route information. See their article on the missing Eleveners in the climbing history section of this site. Updated September 2018


Paragon Peak is the 26th highest peak in Idaho. Nevertheless, it is overshadowed by its 12er neighbor, Lost River Mountain River. As far as I know all ascents have involved first climbing Lost River Mountain and then traversing the connecting ridge.

Paragon Peak viewed from Ferguson Peak.

Paragon Peak viewed from Ferguson Peak.

West Ridge. Class 2

Parago’s summit is an easy half-mile walk east from the summit of Lost River Mountain. Getting to the west ridge is the crux of the climb. As noted above, the few climbers who have climbed the peak have accessed it from Lost River Mountain which requires climbing the 12er first, then returning to the 12er summit before descending to the valley.

Paragon Peak viewed from Lost River Mountain. George Reinier Photo

Paragon Peak viewed from Lost River Mountain. George Reinier Photo

Use the Super Gully route to climb Lost River Mountain and then crossing to the saddle between the two peaks. From the saddle follow the ridge to the top.

Rick Baugher climbed the peak on May 24, 2006 with no sign of prior occupancy and suggested the name.  On August 10, 2011, Paul Dixon left a note suggesting that the peak be called Baugher Peak to recognize Rick’s many routes and historical contributions to peak bagging in Idaho. However, the government will not name a peak after a living individual–so let us hope its a long time before this suggestion is actionable.

Paragon Peak is the peak hiding behind Lost River Mountains flank as viewed from US-93. George Reinier Photo

Paragon Peak is the peak hiding behind Lost a River Mountain’s flank as viewed from US-93. George Reinier Photo

USGS Leatherman Peak

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.643   Latitude: 44.0413

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