Elevation: 10,340 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Gilcrest Peak is located on the Continental Divide, roughly two miles north of Mount Carpenter. The name Gilcrest Peak was suggested by Rick Baugher to commemorate Murray Havens Gilcrest who, during the Summers of 1905 and 1906, was a transit man with the Carpenter Stateline Survey and, no doubt, crossed this summit during the survey. Use the link below to read Rick’s history of Mr. Gilcrest. USGS Morrison Lake
South Ridge Route, Class 2 by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: July 19, 2017
Clear Creek Road Approach
Please consult the updated approach information under Peak 10126 (Clear Creek Peak). Climb the South Ridge Route on Clear Creek Peak and then the Northwest Ridge Route on Mount Carpenter.
From the summit of Mount Carpenter, descend Carpenter’s north ridge (Class 2), skirting the west side of the ridge crest as minor ridge outcrops and minor cliff bands deem necessary. You’ll soon reach Pass 9695. From the Pass, scramble northeast on easy scree and tundra, working either through or around one or two minor cliff bands on the face. You’ll reach the South Ridge pretty quickly and you’ll be on the summit in only 20-30 minutes from the Pass. The gentle summit has two large cairns and an ID/MT Boundary Post.
From Pass 9695, scramble southwest up to the 9,950-foot level. Contour southwest at 9,950 feet until reaching the northwest ridge of Mount Carpenter. Follow the northwest ridge down to the Clear Creek Peak/Mount Carpenter saddle at 9,700 feet. Thankfully, you’ll find elk trails to help you quickly get from Pass 9695 to the 9,700-foot saddle. You should be able to do this traverse in under 30 minutes. The remaining route from the 9,700-foot saddle back to the Clear Creek Road parking area is detailed under the Northwest Ridge Route for Mount Carpenter and the South Ridge Route for Clear Creek Peak.