Elevation: 10,179 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Six Lakes Peak is located 1.4 miles north of Washington Peak (on Page 226) 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 that I was airborne due to the precipitous drop on all sides of this tower. USGS Washington Peak
The peak is best reached from the Fourth of July Creek Road [(A)(2) on Page 229]. Drive past the trailhead if you have a 4WD vehicle. The Fourth of July Creek 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 vehicle. 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.
Baugher Couloir, Class 3/4/5
Rick Baugher’s 2009 climb up the steep Southeast Couloir was almost certainly the first ascent of this beauty. Rick chose the name Six Lakes Peak, which is appropriate since 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 a Class 4/5 crux move to surmount. Based on my climb, I would rate the climb Class 3/4 with the crux as Class 4. 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.