Peak 11477 (The Moat)

Elevation: 11,477 ft
Prominence: 537

Climbing and access information for this peak is found on page 284. Updated September 2018


Rick Baugher likely made the first ascent of this cliffy giant. Use the link below to read his trip report. Rick called the peak “The Moat” because of its “proximity to ‘Castle Peak’ and being surrounded by a natural moat of cliff fortifications and rubble stream bed.”

Lower slopes of the Moat from Long Lost Valley

The Lower slopes of the Moat viewed from the upper end of Long Lost Valley.

The Moat viewed from Ferguson Peak.

The Moat viewed from Ferguson Peak.

The summit cairn on The Moat looking southeast to the north face of USGS Peak. Follow the ridge from the Moat to Castle Peak and the "brickyard" on the flank of USGS. Rick Baugher Photo

The summit cairn on The Moat looking southeast to the north face of USGS Peak. Follow the ridge from the Moat to Castle Peak and the “brickyard” on the flank of USGS. Rick Baugher Photo

Dave Pahlas described his climb as follows:

Climb of The Moat: From the meadow, we headed up the forested slopes, and eventually found pieces of a very old trail heading up to the saddle north of Castle Peak. In the distance we could see about a dozen bighorn grazing below the saddle. We watched them traverse north, and then we headed up to the saddle, where we were met with a stiff breeze. The route up The Moat didn’t look too bad, so up we went. The rock was loose in places and cliffy in others, so we had fun route finding along the way to the top. Views from the summit were excellent. Of particular interest was the north face of USGS Peak, in plain view to the south. After a lunch break, we made a careful descent down the ridge, and then pieced together the trail back to our big packs.”

Dave’s complete trip report is linked below.

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.60369   Latitude: 44.04259

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