Peak 10222 (Steel Head Peak)

Elevation: 10,222 ft
Prominence: 482

Looking toward the summit. Jeff Hunteman Photo

This peak is not in the book. Updated June 2019


This peak is located northwest of Lem Peak and west of the main Lemhi crest. The west side of the range in this area rises abruptly necessitating a long, steep route. In 2005 Rick Baugher was the first to report a climb of the peak. Rick’s trip report is linked below. Jeff Hunteman climbed the peak in 2019. His trip report is set out below. Both climbed the peak from McKim Creek on the west side of the range. This route avoids private property in Allison Creek. A better but unverified route may exist from Bear Valley Lakes on the east side of the crest. USGS Allison Creek

Jeff’s approximate route up the McKim drainage and the northeast ridge.

Looking toward the summit. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Northwest Ridge Route, Class 2 by Jeff Hunteman

Access

Allison Creek would be best access but I am not sure on the state of an easement, if any, across a private property parcel in that drainage.  We chose to access the peak out of McKim Creek via Forest Road 018. This road leaves US-93 30.0 miles south of Salmon, Idaho and 29.0 miles north of Challis, Idaho.

Drive east up the McKim Creek Road, past the private property until the road switchbacks and climbs steeply. Park here. An old Forest Service trail takes off from here. Just look around at the back of switch back and it is visible.

Route

Follow the trail, which has not been up kept but is still better than other alternatives. Not far in you will come to a nice a pack bridge on this unkempt trail to seemingly nowhere. Follow the trail until you arrive in the sage and aspen and start to look for nice access to the little ridge just above and north of McKim Creek. The going gets difficult down in the drainage after a while.  

Take this ridge and pass just above the highest clump of aspen you see on the ridge. Just above this clump there is a great cow trail that heads south and back to McKim Creek. This trail passes through a fence gate and then leads to a water crossing. If its spring you will likely get wet here, as we did.  From the crossing the route climbs the nice ridge on the south side of McKim Creek that passes the little pond visible on the topographic map.  Take this ridge until it turns steeply up and keep heading up to gain the main ridge between Allison and McKim Creeks. From there head up northwest ridge to peak 10,222.

We found a register. Baugher was first there in 2005 and unofficially called this mountain Steel Head Peak, another group climbed it in 2012, and then our ascent us in 2019 are the only entries. Make sure to take time once on top to explore the ridge to the east as it overlooks the scenic head of McKim. Beware that this route starts in the sagebrush and there are rattlesnakes, so plan accordingly.

Jeff’s approximate route up the McKim drainage and the northeast ridge.

Jeff’s approximate route up the McKim drainage and the northeast ridge.

Summit view of Lem Peak. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Summit view of Lem Peak. Jeff Hunteman Photo

The top of the northwest ridge route. Jeff Hunteman Photo

The top of the northwest ridge route. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Looking into the top of McKim Creek from the ridge just east of the summit. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Looking into the top of McKim Creek from the ridge just east of the summit. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Looking east from the summit to the crest of the Lemhi crest. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Looking east from the summit to the crest of the Lemhi crest. Jeff Hunteman Photo

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Longitude: -113.89809   Latitude: 44.78809

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