Roundup Peak

Elevation: 10,225 ft
Prominence: 325

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This peak is not in the book. Livingston Douglas contributed a new route and additional details to the existing Northeast Ridge Route which he descended. Updated December 2020


Peak 10225 has been called “Roundup Peak” for some time. Thanks to the efforts of Dan Robbins, the name became official in July 2017. The name commemorates the annual cattle roundup that has taken place in Copper Basin for over 100 years. The peak is located on a connecting ridge northwest of Copper Basin Knob. Roundup Peak towers over the entrance to the north side of the Lake Creek drainage. From Lake Creek, the peak presents a wall of steep talus crowned by impressive broken towers. USGS Big Black Dome

East Ridge, Class 2 by Livingston Douglas

Access

Same as for Peak 10316. This is the second leg of a 2-peak journey that includes Peak 10316 and Roundup Peak. The journey begins at the Lake Creek trailhead.

The Climb

From the 9,900-foot connecting saddle with Peak 10316, follow the ridge crest northwest then west to Point 10008. The terrain is pretty easy with scattered trees on or near the ridge crest. From Point 10008, descend easy tundra to another saddle. Continue west up over a rocky hump (false summit). Scramble westward, descending 70 vertical feet to a final saddle. From there, climb a rocky face to reach the rocky summit of Roundup Peak

Roundup Peak (in dead center) as viewed from the east ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

The large summit cairn atop Roundup Peak, looking across Copper Basin with Big Black Dome in the distance (directly behind the cairn). Livingston Douglas Photo


Northwest Ridge, Class 2

I recommend climbing the peak via its broad west ridge, which is easily accessed from the Copper Basin Loop Road. Park on the road at the base of the ridge as shown on the Google Earth Photo below. The ridge is a mix of forest and meadow that climbs steadily to tree line with only an occasional downed tree to block your way. Above tree line, the route continues with good footing to the summit. The following photo essay documents the route. Livingston Douglas’ description of his descent down the route is found farther down the page.

Roundup Peak viewed from the southwest. Larry Prescott Photo

Roundup Peak as viewed from the southwest. Larry Prescott Photo

Nearing treeline on the west ridge.

Nearing tree line on the west ridge

Looking up the west ridge from treeline. The summit is off to the left.

Looking up the west ridge from tree line. The summit is to the left.

Looking down the west ridge. Larry and Ben Prescott are admiring the some of the many wildflowers blanketing the ridge.

Looking down the west ridge. Larry and Ben Prescott are admiring the some of the many wildflowers blanketing the ridge.

The view across Lake Creek from the summit. Atlas Peak is in the middle.

The view across Lake Creek from the summit of Roundup Peak. Atlas Peak is in the center.

Larry and Ben Prescott on the summit. July 8, 2015

Larry and Ben Prescott on the summit (July 8, 2015)

The Pioneer Crest from The Fin to Big Black Dome viewed from the summit of Roundup Peak.

The Pioneer Mountains Crest from The Fin to Big Black Dome as viewed from the summit of Roundup Peak.

Roundup Peak. Dan Robbins photo

Roundup Peak. Dan Robbins Photo

GPS track of the Mandella's 2017 route. Track - Steve Mandella

GPS track of Steve and Margo Mandella’s 2017 route. Steve Mandella Map


Northwest Ridge/West Face, Class 2 by Livingston Douglas 

The Descent

From the summit, follow the obvious ridge west (narrow and a bit rocky) then northwest in open terrain until reaching the forest. Stay a bit to the right/east of the ridge crest to remain on open ground. The ridge crest itself has twisted pines and blowdown on it. Avoid getting pulled right-ish/northeast into a forested gully or you will end up a long way from the Lake Creek trailhead. After passing a long stretch of wicked ridge towers on the left/southwest side of the ridge (for God’s sake, don’t get lured into one of those impossible west-facing gullies), leave the forested ridge at a point where you can see your way down to the Copper Basin Loop Road, just north of the turnoff for the Lake Creek Recreation Area and the Lake Creek trailhead.

Leave the ridge and descend west STEEPLY down a shoulder (which morphs into a face) through the forest to intercept the Copper Basin Loop Road. You can boot-ski some sections of steep, loose gravel/scree on this descent to the road. Follow the road left/south briefly to reach the turnoff for the Lake Creek Recreation Area. Follow the spur road south for 0.1 mile to the Lake Creek trailhead and your parked vehicle.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -113.87849   Latitude: 43.76529

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