Elevation: 10,693 ft
This peak is not in the book.
So why two unofficial names? The original name was given to the peak by Rick Baugher, a long time contributor to this website, when he climbed the peak in 1991. Generally, speaking mountaineers accept that the person or persons making the first ascent of a peak have the naming rights to the peak. Rick made the first known ascent and his proposed name predates the Prescott name by 26 years.
On October 19, 2016, Larry Prescott, also a contributor to this website, died from a heart attack just short of the peak’s summit. John Platt, another contributor to this website, and several friends climbed the peak one week later in a tribute to Larry. The group unofficially decided to renamed the peak after Larry. Use the link below to read more about the memorial climb.
The government has established a legal process for naming geographical features. I discussed this process in depth on pages 32 and 33 of the book. One requirement is that a feature cannot be officially named after a person until five years after their death.
Rick’s proposed name was used on the Climbing Idaho website (see link below) well before the proposed Prescott Peak name. Larry was a very popular resident and educator in eastern Idaho and he was a good friend of mine. Rick and John are also so good friends. Thus, I am not taking a position on which name should be used.
The peak is a Class 3 climb via either its northeast or southeast ridges, which are both accessed via Coal Kiln Canyon. The map below shows the Platt crew’s route.
USGS Topo: Coal Kiln Canyon