Elevation: 10,179 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Baugher Couloir (Class 3/4/5)
Six Lakes Peak is located 1.4 miles north of Washington Peak (pages 226 to 227 in the book) between two scenic lake basins. It is the attractive culmination of a ragged ridge. Although unknown to most climbers, this peak is undoubtedly one of Idaho’s special peaks. Picturesque, rugged, steep sided and without an obvious route, it towers above the surrounding drainages. It is another testament to Rick Baugher’s route finding abilities. Sitting on the summit I had the distinct feeling I was airborne due to the precipitous drop on all sides of this tower.
The peak is best reached from the Fourth of July Road (A)(2). Drive past the trailhead if you have a 4WD. The Fourth of July road ends quickly but to your right you will spot an old mining road that leads toward Phyllis Lake. This road can be followed south from this point with a 4WD. The road quickly crosses Fourth of July Creek and then rambles up and down to mining works high in the basin in roughly two miles. There are several places where you can park along the road.
Rick Baugher’s 2009 climb up the steep southeast couloir was almost certainly the first ascent of this beauty. Rick chose the name which is appropriate as the peak dominates the Six Lakes Basin.
Rick’s route climbed the large couloir that cuts the peak’s southeast face. He reported that most of the route is Class 3 on good rock but an overhanging chockstone mid-route presents an Class 4/5 crux move to surmount. Based on my climb I would rate the climb Class 3/4 with the crux as 4th Class. I would not call it Class 5 because the crux is impossible to protect with a rope and it is only ten feet high. Clearly, many would consider it a Class 5 problem. No matter the subjective rating, the crux will bother many climbers.
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