Peak 11272 (Mount Andrus)

Elevation: 11,272 ft
Prominence: 692

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 223. I added several photos by Pat McGrane which show the ridge’s granite terrain. Updated October 2018


This impressive but unnamed summit is a pyramid-shaped granite mountain that culminates in a pointed summit block that barely accommodates two climbers. It currently resides at number 5 on my list of favorite Idaho Climbs. Since it is centrally located it is an ideal place to orient yourself to the surrounding peaks, and the nearby Sawtooth, Lost River and Pioneer ranges. The northeast ridge is an enjoyable Class 3+ scramble.

I recommend naming the peak after the late Cecil Andrus who helped save the White Clouds from Molybdenum mining. I will make that proposal to the Board of Geographic Names five years after the Governor’s death as required by law.

Below, you will find a number of photos of the peak from many of the surrounding summits as well as links to two trip reports.

Peak 11272.

Peak 11272 with Castle Peak behind and to the right. The northeast ridge rises from lower left to the summit. Class 3+

Cove Lake and WCP-10 behind Alex Feldman on the lower section of the Northeast Ridge. Pat McGrane Photo

Cove Lake and WCP-10 behind Alex Feldman on the lower section of the Northeast Ridge. Pat McGrane Photo

Alex Feldman ascending the northeast ridge. Pat McGrane Photo

Alex Feldman ascending the northeast ridge. Pat McGrane Photo

Prayer flags found along the way. Pat McGane Photo

Prayer flags found along the way. Pat McGane Photo

The granite composing the northeast ridge makes the route a classic. Pat McGrane Photo

The granite composing the northeast ridge makes the route a classic. Pat McGrane Photo

The summit of Peak 11272 with its studded granite crown reminds me of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The summit of Peak 11272 with its studded granite crown reminds me of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Peak 11272 from Blackmon Peak.

Peak 11272 from Blackmon Peak.

Peak 11272 from WCP-8.

Peak 11272 from WCP-8.

Peak 11272 from WCP-8.

Peak 11272 from WCP-8.

Peak 11272 viewed from Caulkens Peak.

Peak 11272 viewed from Caulkens Peak.

Mountain Range: White Cloud Mountains

Year Climbed: 1992

Longitude: -114.60919   Latitude: 44.09101

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