Peak 10112 (Little Bear Peak)

Elevation: 10,112 ft
Prominence: 452

This peak is not in the book.


Peak 10112 sits just over a mile southeast of Bear Mountain. The summit can be reached from almost any direction but Summerhouse Canyon provides the most direct route and the road is reasonable for high clearance vehicles. See the Bear Mountain page for access details. You may also consider approaches from Bear Canyon and Bull Creek but I do not have any recent access information on those approaches.  USGS Moffett Springs.

West Ridge. Class 2

Access the west ridge from Summerhouse Canyon. You can easily drive to a nice meadow at 7,400 feet with a high clearance vehicle in dry condition. The road deteriorates soon after this good parking spot and I recommend starting your climb from this point. Hike north up the canyon to the base of the ridge and then follow it up to the summit ridge where a quick jog to the north will take you to the summit. See the GPS track below. The forested ridge is of moderate but continuous steepness and mostly free of deadfall.

My GPS track for Peak 10122 and Bear Mountain.

My GPS track for Peak 10112 and Bear Mountain.

The meadow at 7,400 feet in Summerhouse Canyon and Bear Mountain.

The meadow at 7,400 feet in Summerhouse Canyon and Bear Mountain.

The most rugged part of the peak's west ridge is where it joins the summit block.

The most rugged part of the peak’s west ridge is where it joins the summit block.

 

The summit from the south.

The summit from the south.

Peak 10122's northwest face.

Peak 10112  northwest face.

Bear Mountain/Peak 10122 Ridge Traverse. Class 2-3

The ridge line between Bear Mountain and Peak 10112 is an enjoyable section of Lemhi Range terrain. I crossed it when it was mostly covered by snow. The ridge has two low spots. When starting your climb from the summit of Bear Mountain you will discover that the eastern end of Bear’s summit ridge is the most challenging section of the traverse as it is as close to knife edged as you can get without significant exposure. With the snow gone this section of the ridge might have a couple of Class 3 sections. If covered with snow you will want an ice axe.

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -113.43219   Latitude: 44.34509

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