Elevation: 11,477 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak’s southeast ridge is on Page 284 of the book. Supplementary beta is found below. Updated September 2021
Rick Baugher likely made the first ascent of this cliffy giant. Use the link below to read his trip report. Rick calls the peak “The Moat” because of its “proximity to Castle Peak and being surrounded by a natural moat of cliff fortifications and a rubble stream bed.” The peak has been climbed from the east and the west as well as via ridge traverses from both Far Away Mountain and Ferguson Peak. The ridge traverses are considered Class 4 with route-finding difficulties. Use the link below to Paul Lind’s trip report to read about his traverse. USGS Massacre Mountain
The Moat can be accessed from Long Lost Creek [(A)(6.1.1) on Page 290] on the east side of the range or from Upper Cedar Creek [(B)(12)(a) on Page 292] to the west.
Southeast Ridge, Class 2+
From the road’s end in Long Lost Creek, follow the signed trail (FST-194) southwest. This trail is in good condition until it passes the junction for the trail that climbs up Hell Canyon (FST-245). After the junction, the trail has not been maintained for many years but it does pass through mostly open country. The trail disappears at roughly 8,600 feet.
When the trail disappears, aim for the base of the large, obvious gully that cuts the slope leading to the Upper Cedar Creek/Long Lost Creek Pass. The route now passes through a section of thick forest. A good elk trail can be followed through this stand to the base of the gully. The gully is deep-sided and steep but is easily traversed for the most part. If there is high water, climbing this gully would be difficult in spots. When the gully ends, climb the steep, grassy slopes to the pass.
The southeast ridge begins at the Upper Cedar Creek/Long Lost Creek Pass and climbs 1,300 feet to the summit. Much of the ridge crest has a game trail. The middle third of the ridge is blocked by broken cliffs which can be bypassed on their east side by climbing steep, loose talus. If you climb the cliffs, the rating rises to Class 3. Near the top, you can bypass several obstacles on their west side.