Peak 6145 (South Pioneer Ridge) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,145 ft
Prominence: 800

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 6145 is the southernmost ranked summit in the Pioneer Mountains. It is located northeast of Picabo, ID and is rarely visited. Peak 6145 has a lot of private land around it, so be careful. Consult the BLM Fairfield map to stay out of trouble. It is a rather tedious ridge traverse from Peak 6025 to the north, but a route along the ridgeline from Bradley Summit (over Peak 6025) is the only feasible route that is entirely on public land. USGS Picabo

The summit cairn atop Peak 6025 looking south. Peak 6145 is the most distant hump right of center. The ridge traverse to get there is a tedious endeavor with lots of weaving and ups/downs. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Peak 6025 looking south. Peak 6145 is the most distant hump right of center. The ridge traverse to get there is a tedious endeavor with lots of weaving and ups/downs. Livingston Douglas Photo

Northwest Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 8, 2019

Access

Same as for the Northwest Ridge Route on Peak 6025. This climb is the final leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 6025 to Peak 6145.

The Climb

From the 5,660-foot connecting saddle with Peak 6025, follow the ridge crest SE as it weaves around, has several ups and downs, and forces you to work your way through some tedious terrain at times—thick sagebrush, rocky outcrops, protruding base rock. If you complete the entire ridge traverse from Peak 6025 to Peak 6145, there is a whopping 900 feet of uphill in going from Peak 6025 to Peak 6145, yet only 120 vertical feet of net elevation gain. On the way back from Peak 6145, the ridge demands another 700 feet of uphill to DROP a net of 120 vertical feet. That in itself is tiresome. Be prepared for it.

Peak 6145 is a ridgeline summit with no summit cairn. It does have some summit boulders and downed fence posts and barbed wire at the high point. The true summit is the Southwest Summit, NOT the Northeast Summit as LOJ suggests. Based on altitude measurements (and visuals), the Southwest Summit is AT LEAST 20 vertical feet higher than the Northeast Summit. LOJ miscalculates the elevation of the Northeast Summit at 6,180 feet when the highest contour line is only 6,120 feet (allowing an interpolated elevation of 6,140 feet, not 6,180 feet).

The next leg of this journey is to return NW to the summit of Peak 6025 to descend its Southwest Ridge. Private ranch land prevents you from simply descending the West Ridge of Peak 6145 to North Picabo Road.

The summit boulders and scrub atop Peak 6145 with fence posts and barbed wire on the ground nearby. The hamlet of Picabo, ID is on the valley floor. The Picabo Hills are in the distance. Livingston Doug Photo

The summit boulders and scrub atop Peak 6145 with fence posts and barbed wire on the ground nearby. The hamlet of Picabo, ID is on the valley floor. The Picabo Hills are in the distance. Livingston Doug Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -114.03469   Latitude: 43.32919

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