Peak 10182 (Iron Basin Peak)

Elevation: 10,182 ft
Prominence: 442

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This peak is not in the book. Updated August 2022

Peak 10182 is located northwest of WCP-8. This beautiful peak is remote and seldom climbed. Livingston Douglas provided the route details which are set out below. His climb was likely the second ascent of the northeast ridge. Also, use the links below to read Dave Pahlas’s and John Platt’s trip reports. They are credited with the first ascent of the NE Ridge. USGS Washington Peak

Iron Creek Peak. Dave Pahlas Photo

Iron Creek Peak. Dave Pahlas Photo


Northeast Ridge, Class 3 by Livingston Douglas


This peak is 0.5 miles due west of Point 10244. If you ever decide to do the ridge traverse from WCP-7 to WCP-8, add this beautiful peak to your agenda. That’s what I did. I climbed the Class 3 north ridge of WCP-7 (Ocalkens Lake Approach) then descended the south ridge of WCP-7 to a minor saddle north of Point 10244. Iron Basin Peak is now due southwest. From here, descend southwest on gravel scree and tundra to a gentle saddle (9,740 feet) that sits directly underneath the Northeast Ridge.

The Climb

Climb the northeast ridge, staying just to the climber’s right of the ridge crest. Goat trails here will help you. Finish off the peak with some easy Class 3 scrambling near the summit. The summit is a small, rocky perch with no signs of previous ascent. I built a good-sized cairn on top that is clearly visible from the WCP-7/WCP-8 ridge. This peak is almost a perfect pyramid in shape and stands out because it sits back from the primary WCP ridge. It’s not just another “bump on the ridge”–it has its own unique identity.

It took less than an hour (round trip) to add this wonderful peak to the day’s accomplishments. Retrace your steps back to the saddle south of WCP-7, re-climb the south ridge of WCP-7, descend the north ridge of WCP-7, then follow the climber’s trail back down to Ocalkens Lake.

Mountain Range: White Cloud Mountains

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 2009
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: NE Ridge
  • Party: Dave Pahlas and John Platt
  • Other First Ascent: Northeast Ridge
  • Year: 2017
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas

Longitude: -114.65829   Latitude: 44.11219

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