Peak 11039 (Atlas Peak)

Elevation: 11,039 ft
Prominence: 600

Climbing and access information for this peak is on Page 257 of the book.


Atlas Peak, the 119th-tallest peak in Idaho, is rarely climbed but is well worth the effort. The peak is becoming more popular, with ascents from both its west and east sides to reach the peak’s North Ridge. You can also access the peak by traversing the ridge from the summit of Peak 10536, approximately 1 mile to the 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 assigns an elevation of 11,020 feet. Steve Mandella and team’s recent ascent (2017) measured the summit elevation at 11,031 feet. For now, I will stick with the original figure. USGS Smiley Mountain

Atlas Peak from Roundup Peak.

Atlas Peak as viewed from Roundup Peak.


Access

This peak is accessed from Muldoon Canyon, located west of Star Hope Campground in Copper Basin. The Copper Basin Loop Road takes you to FS-510 at the loop’s south end. The peak can also be accessed from the east from the Lake Creek Recreation site, just off the Copper Basin Loop Road.

Atlas Peak. George Reinier Photo

Atlas Peak. George Reinier Photo


Routes, Class 3

The peak can be summitted from the east by climbing up the Lake Creek drainage and using the trail to Golden Lake. From here, climb to the west to reach the North Ridge of Atlas Peak as shown on George Reinier’s route (shown below).

Atlas Peak

George Reinier’s eastern approach route to Atlas Peak’s North Ridge from Golden Lake.

Steve Mandella, Margo Mandella, and Bruce Dunham climbed Peak 10536 and 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 of Class 3 difficulty.

Quickly, take a look around before the gods hurl thunderbolts. From the summit of Atlas Peak we look south along the spine of 11,000 foot points of the Pleiades ridge to Alcyone Peak. The beacon of the souther Pioneer Mountains, Smiley Mountain, stands watch on the left. Rick Baugher Photo and Commentary

Quickly, take a look around before the gods hurl thunderbolts. From the summit of Atlas Peak, we look south along the spine of 11,000-foot points of the Pleiades ridge to Alcyon Peak. The beacon of the southern Pioneer Mountains (Smiley Mountain), stands watch on the left. Rick Baugher Photo and Commentary

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -113.87129   Latitude: 43.72559

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