Elevation: 11,039 ft
This peak is found on page 257.
Peak 11039 (Atlas Peak), the 119th tallest peak in the State, is rarely climbed but well worth the effort. Atlas Peak is starting to become more popular with ascents from both its west and east sides to obtain the peak’s northern ridge. You can also access the peak by traversing the ridge from the summit of Peak 10536, approximately 1 mile north.
Atlas Peak is documented with two elevations. The 15-minute Muldoon Canyon Quad listed this peak’s summit at 11,039 feet. However, the newer 7.5-minute Smiley Mountain Quad lists the peak at 11020 feet. Steve Mandella and team’s recent ascent (2017) showed the summit at 11031 feet. For now, I will stick with the original figure.
This peak is accessed from Muldoon Canyon, located west of Star Hope Campground, in Copper Basin. The Copper Basin Loop Road, either direction, takes you to FS 510 at the loop’s southern end.
The peak can also be accessed from the east from the Lake Creek Recreation site, just off of the Copper Basin Loop Road.
Motor Vehicle Use Map (2017): Salmon Challis National Forest – Lost River Ranger District
Routes, Class 3
The peak can be summited from the east by climbing up Lake Creek drainage and using the trail to Golden Lake. Here, climb to the west to obtain Atlas’ north ridge (as shown on George Reinier’s route, below).
Steve and Margo Mandella and Bruce Dunham climbed Peak 10536 and Peak 11039 (Atlas Peak) together as a loop route from the west. Read about their route using this link.
From either direction, Atlas’ north ridge to the summit is Class 3 climbing.
USGS Topo: Smiley Mountain