Peak 10744 (Wright Peak)

Elevation: 10,744 ft
Prominence: 604

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 297.

Peak 10744 (Wright Peak) is located on the main Lemhi Range crest south of Peak 10775 (Buck Lakes Peak). The unofficial name is derived from the peak’s location above the Wright Lakes. Rick Baugher climbed this peak in 2000 and did not find any evidence of a prior ascent. More recently, Livingston Douglas provided two routes described below.

Peak 10744. Rick Baugher photo. 2000

Wright Peak viewed from the southwest from 9,400 feet, just above the northernmost Wright Creek Lake. Rick Baugher photo. 10-4-2000. 

Northwest Ridge, Class 2, by Livingston Douglas

I used this route to climb Peak 10744 (Wright Peak) on 7/23/17. This climb is the last leg of a ridge traverse from Lem Peak, to Peak 10775 (Buck Lakes Peak), to Peak 10744.

From the 10,140-foot saddle between Peaks 10775 and 10744, climb the easy Class 2 southeast ridge up to 10,500 feet. Then turn slightly right (south-southeast) to skirt below the [lower] double-humped northwest summit. Continue to a gentle saddle at 10,500 feet and then along the ridge to the true summit, which is located at the southeast end of the summit massif.

Buck Creek Basin, Class 2+, by Livingston Douglas 

I used this route to descend from the summit.

From the summit, descend to the 10,140-foot saddle between Peaks 10775 and 10744. Skirt to the right of snowdrifts on the northeast side of the saddle, as well as to the right of the high-basin snowfields. Descend to the right of prominent cliff bands that accentuate the center of the top of this basin. Once you’ve reached the flatter terrain (and treeline) in the basin itself, stay well to the right side of the drainage, so you can follow Buck Creek northward.

The bushwhack along the right side of Buck Creek goes quickly down to just below 9,000 feet. Starting here, hiking is going to get a bit more difficult, as a lot of downed timber exists. Your goal is to intercept the good trail that climbs up to Buck Lakes 8474 on the south side of the outlet stream from that lake.

Once you reach about 8,600 feet, cross to the left side of Buck Creek. Move away from the creek a bit, so that you can intercept the trail more easily. Just as I was becoming tired and frustrated from the moderately difficult bushwhack through the now-flatter forest, I stumbled onto the blessed trail, which is well-beaten and impossible to miss.

The trail is important to find because it crosses the outlet stream on a nice footbridge and avoids the torrent that is now Buck Creek. Follow the trail to the footbridge across Bear Valley Creek and re-join the main trail. Descend the Bear Valley Lakes trail back to the trailhead.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: Northwest Ridge
  • Year: 2017
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas
  • Other First Ascent: Northeast Ridge—Descent
  • Year: 2011
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Michael Darcy
  • Other First Ascent: Buck Creek Basin-Descent
  • Year: 2017
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas

Longitude: -113.84179   Latitude: 44.75629

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