Peak 10805 (Iron Mountain)

Elevation: 10,805 ft
Prominence: 825

This peak is found on page 252.


Since the last edition of the book. I learned from people who own land in the area that it has often been called Iron Mountain due to it’s orange color. I climbed it from PK Pass. It took about 1.5 hours from the pass. From the pass head up and then move left just before reaching tree line. Once out of the trees, you will see a couple of rocky / cliffy gullies. Scramble around them on their left and then head up to the first false summit. I passed it on the right about 20 feet from the top. The route drops into a saddle. I stayed on the ridge for a while, eventually skirting the ridge on the right and the regaining it at the next false summit (which looked a lot like the real summit from the first false summit).

From this point you look toward the real summit in dismay. The route is broken ridges and ribs and the ridge itself is blocked by a big dark cliff. On the ascent, I followed the knifed edge ridge for a 100 yards or so and the dropped off to the right and then contoured over to first rib. My route followed, from this point, what look to me to be the path of least resistance over, around, up and down the next few ridges. I finally started building cairns about half way through when the route promised to be confusing for my return.

The last portion of the climb is easy across big blocks and talus. I found evidence of a prior ascent, a stick in a pile of rocks, but no register. Super view on top. Great fall colors. Challenging but not difficult.

The final ridge leading to the summit.

The final ridge leading to the summit.

Climbing the lower ridge from PK Pass.

Climbing the lower ridge from PK Pass.

The ridge levels out at a step before heading up the final broken ridge to the summit.

The ridge levels out at a step before heading up the final broken ridge to the summit. Grays Peak is in the background.

The view is spectacular to the big peaks, Cobb, Hyndman and Old Hyndman.

The view is spectacular to the big peaks, Cobb, Hyndman and Old Hyndman.

This view is from the summit looking back down the line of the ascent.

This view is from the summit looking back down the line of the ascent.


George Reinier and Johnny Roache climbed the peak from the Johnstone Pass area.

The talus ramp to the ridge and north face of 10805. George Reinier Photo

The talus ramp to the ridge and north face of 10805. George Reinier Photo

 

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Year Climbed: 2008, 2008

Longitude: -114.06589   Latitude: 43.70779

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