Elevation: 10,942 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Purgatory Peak is located due north of Devils Bedstead East. It is an easy peak to grab if you are on your way back from climbing it’s bigger neighbor. Two routes are listed below.
South Ridge Route, Class 2 by Judi Steciak.
This peak is located less than a mile north of Devils Bedstead East. This summit provides a fantastic foreshortened view of routes up its impressive neighbor as well as the Boulder Lake Cirque. Follow the approach for Devils Bedstead East [(C) (1) (a) and (a.1)], but turn north instead of south at the 10,600-foot saddle.
West Face/North Ridge Route, Class 2+ by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: 7/6/16
Map: Phi Kappa Mountain
Via FST-057/Boulder Lake Trail [(C)(1)(a)]
Hike up the Boulder Lake Trail to a flat meadow (9,040′) that is located about 3/4 mile north of Boulder Lake. You are now standing due east of the summit of Peak 10942. Scramble west up a narrow gully between cliffy rock bands to reach an open scree/gravel slope above treeline. Fight your way up the loose gravel and scree to reach the summit ridge at about 75 yards north of, and 50 feet below, the summit high point. Stroll south up the N ridge to reach the gentle, but small, broken-scree hump that is the summit.
The summit offers a beautiful view southward to Devils Bedstead East and its imposing Class 3 North Ridge, one of my favorite Idaho ridge scrambles. To the southeast, you have an amazing view of Boulder Lake, its upper snow-filled basin, and the Steciak/Hamke ascent route for Boulder Lake Peak (11,080′), one of the infamous “Missing 11ers.”
I descended a different route, a modified version of my ascent route. From the summit, follow the ridge northward to a flat ridge area at 10,500 feet (easy Class 2). Leave the ridge here and descend northeast to reach the head of a small stream drainage (shown on the Phi Kappa Mountain quadrangle) that will guide you down to the Boulder Lake Trail. Follow the active stream steeply down to the trail, moving from side to side as necessary and occasionally picking up a game trail to help you. This creek drainage it much steeper than the USGS map implies, so it’s a solid Class 2+ route, perhaps marginal Class 3. Follow the Boulder Lake Trail back to the trailhead.
USGS Phi Kappa Peak