Peak 10001 (Indian Head Peak) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 10,001 ft
Prominence: 446

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Peak 10001 is the lowest 10K peak in the State of Idaho. It stands like a sentinel, overlooking Indian Head Canyon. It is most easily reached by a ridge traverse from Dead Horse Summit to the south on easy, open terrain. It is one of several gentle giants that lie on high ridges in this large area south of the bend in the Continental Divide near Huhs Horn (11,292 feet). USGS Scott Peak

West Shoulder/North Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: August 27, 2019

Access

From the junction of ID-28 and ID-33 in Mud Lake, drive N on ID-28 for 42.5 miles to [signed] Nicholia Road. Nicholia Road is located 6.1 miles N of the Kaufman Picnic Area on ID-28. Turn R/NNE onto Nicholia Road and drive 3.1 miles to an unsigned junction with a dirt road that runs southward at the base of the mountains. Drive 4.5 miles S on this dirt road to reach an unsigned L turn for Scott Canyon. You have reached Scott Canyon Road. Reset your odometer. At 0.3 miles, enter the Targhee National Forest. At 1.8 miles, pass Blind Canyon (signed). At 2.9 miles, reach an unsigned road junction. Turn R/SSE here and park along the road (7,509 feet).

The Climb

From the road junction at 7,509 feet, hike a short distance up Scott Canyon Road to the end of the meadow. Leave the road and bushwhack E through sagebrush up onto an obvious shoulder. This is the broad West Shoulder of Peak 10001. Scramble E up an open scrub slope then angle R/SE to continue up the steep slope into the forest. The forest bushwhack is a bit tedious as it has a good amount of downed timber, is somewhat dense, and has a decent amount of underbrush and bushes.

Grind your way up the slope. Higher up, the R/S edge of the shoulder becomes better defined and is open (but is rocky and brushy). At about 8,800 feet, the ridge bends R/E-ish and ascends to somewhat open terrain at about 9,000 feet. When you reach 9,500 feet, the forest ends and the terrain really opens up. The scrub is easy here and there are some scattered pines and blowdown.

The ridge bends SE then S and the summit is now clearly visible. The ridge continues to curl to the R and finishes in a westward trajectory. The final section of summit ridge is brushy and rocky. The summit of Peak 10001 is a narrow ridge crest. The high point sports a decent cairn.

Northeast Ridge (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the West Shoulder/North Ridge Route. This is the first leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 10001 to Peak 9167.

The Descent

From the summit, descend the East Ridge briefly then go cross-country over easy scrub/grass SE to reach a broad saddle and a minor ridge hump (Point 9861). From Point 9861, cruise E then NE on easy scrub/grass to descend the long Northeast Ridge. You will eventually stumble upon an old 2-track jeep road that follows the ridge crest down to a grassy saddle then up over a grassy hump (Point 8859). The road then drops to another, wider/longer saddle. This is the terminus of the Northeast Ridge.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.86629   Latitude: 44.30359

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