Peak 10349 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 10,349 ft
Prominence: 449

This peak is not in the book. Michael Darcy, Rick Baugher and Livingston Douglas are the only climbers known to have visited this peak. Livingston Douglas’ ascent and descent routes are set out below. Updated December 2019


Peak 10349 is located on the main Lemhi Range Crest SSE of May Mountain. It is a ranked summit high on the South Ridge of May Mountain (10,971 feet). It is also a ridge junction that connects the high ridge on the West Side of Morse Creek Canyon to the South Ridge of May Mountain. It is a mountain climber’s heaven up here. Beautiful, high, challenging alpine ridges with no bushwhacking or sagebrush. The easiest ascent route is the North Ridge via Morgan Creek Road. USGS May Mountain

Access

Morgan Creek or Morse Creek [(C)(1) and (C)(2) on Page 317]. Morse Creek Road/FSR-094 is located exactly 10.2 miles S of US-93 on the [paved] Pahsimeroi Highway. From the signed turnoff on the E side of the highway, drive 4.3 miles to the Challis National Forest boundary. At 6.2 miles, park in a pullout on the R/E side of the road (6,220 feet). FST-071 (signed) is across the road.

South Ridge, Class 2+

This climb is part of a ridge traverse from Peak 9381 to Peak 10349. From the 8,860-foot connecting saddle, scramble N up a grassy, burnt forest hillside (downed timber here), angling R/NE to intercept a shoulder heading N up to Point 10077. You will find sporadic, weak elk trails to help in this scramble up loose scree and blowdown for 1,200 vertical feet. Once atop Point 10077, you are above tree line and free of the incessant blowdown.

Follow the narrowing ridge crest NW to a 9,820-foot saddle, losing over 250 feet of elevation in the process. From the narrow saddle, scramble N on the ridge crest through some ridge chop (Class 2+). It’s a pure talus/scree scramble to the top of Peak 10349. The summit is a small hump of talus/scree. I built a new summit cairn using the remnants of a torn-down cairn.

The South Ridge of Peak 10349 as viewed from the summit. Point 10077 is the bare hump left of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

The South Ridge of Peak 10349 as viewed from the summit. Point 10077 is the bare hump left of center. Livingston Douglas Photo

The rebuilt summit cairn atop Peak 10349. Livingston Douglas

The rebuilt summit cairn atop Peak 10349. Livingston Douglas

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

Access

Same as for the South Ridge Route

The Descent

From the summit, descend an easy ridge of scree to reach the 9,860-foot connecting saddle with Peak 10310. This ¼-mile, 500-foot descent takes all of 8 minutes—by far, the easiest ridge section in today’s long journey.

The easy Northeast Ridge of Peak 10349 as viewed from just E of the connecting saddle at the base of the ridge. Lots of lingering snow on both sides of the ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

The easy Northeast Ridge of Peak 10349 as viewed from just E of the connecting saddle at the base of the ridge. Lots of lingering snow on both sides of the ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Longitude: -113.81339   Latitude: 44.66319

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