Peak 11220 (Apex Peak)

Elevation: 11,220 ft
Prominence: 440

This peak is not in the book.


This 11er is the 82nd highest peak in Idaho. It is located north of Cleft Peak and east of Mount Corruption. Rick Baugher describes this peak as follows:

This peak, part of the long Breitenbach Spur, is the apex of a triangle formed by Dry Creek, Burnt Creek, and the Donkey Hills. On July 4, 1999, I found no sign of a prior summit visitation. The 1,000-foot snow tongue shown in the accompanying photo last well in the summer and  offers good skiing. The peak’s limestone face contains abundant fossils of Mississippian age like horn corrals and productids.

Apex Peak from the entrance to the East Fork of Burnt Creek.

Apex Peak from the entrance to East Fork Burnt Creek. The north ridge forms the left skyline.


Access

Access the peak from the Burnt Creek Canyon Roads [(A)(6.2), page 290 of Idaho A Climbing Guide]. Follow the road into the drainage until the road drops down off a high point to East Fork Burnt Creek.

The trail starts behind this fence

The trail starts behind this fence.


North–Never Ending–Ridge Route, Class 2

From the end of the road, walk past the fence and follow the trail up East Fork Burnt Creek until you reach Burnt Creek Lake. This unofficial trail was in good shape in July (2017). The trail passes the lake on its east side and disappears in the meadow at the south end of the lake. From here, climb due south up to the first saddle on the peak’s north ridge to approximately 10,200 feet. From this point, the route climbs the ridge to the summit in roughly 3.7 miles with 3,200 feet of elevation gain.

Burnt Creek Lake. The lake is picturesque but the water is foul looking.

Burnt Creek Lake. The lake is picturesque, but the water is foul looking.

Pat McGrane on the lower section of the Never Ending Ridge.

Pat McGrane on the lower section of the Never Ending Ridge.

The ridge finally reaches its "Apex" after many false alarms.

The ridge finally reaches its “apex” after many false summits.

This is my GPS track for Apex Peak and East Burnt Peak. The route off of Apex is a Class 2 walk down steep, loose talus.

This is my GPS track for Apex Peak and East Burnt Peak. The route off of Apex is a Class 2 walk down steep, loose talus.

Apex Peak. The photo was taken from East Burnt Peak, 10149' where an ancient cairn was found, East Burnt Peak is the second highest volcanic summit in the Lost River Range. Photo and Commentary by Rick Baugher.

Apex Peak. The photo was taken from East Burnt Peak, 10149 feet, where an ancient cairn was found. East Burnt Peak is the second highest volcanic summit in the Lost River Range. Photo and Commentary by Rick Baugher.

USGS Topo: Leatherman Peak

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Year Climbed: 2017

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 1999
  • Season: Summer
  • Route: Via the face shown in the photo.
  • Party: Rick Baugher

Longitude: -113.63929   Latitude: 44.11219

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