Peak 6570 (South Lemhi Hill) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,570 ft
Prominence: 620

The West Face of Peak 6570 as viewed from the parking spot. A prominent gully splits the West Face. The West Ridge—NORTH follows the ridge just L/N of this gully. The West Ridge—SOUTH Route follows the ridge just R/S of this gully. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Peak 6570 is the southernmost ranked summit in the Lemhi Range. It is located northeast of Howe, ID. There is a lot of private ranch land in this area, so be careful. Both routes discussed are entirely on public land. The [lower] East Aspects of the mountain are on Idaho National Laboratory (INL) land, also closed to the public. Peak 6570 has an extraordinary number of ridges and gullies emanating from its summit. It can be a bit confusing. Navigational skills are important to stay on whichever route you choose. USGS Little Lost River Sinks

The West Face of Peak 6570 as viewed from the parking spot. A prominent gully splits the West Face. The West Ridge—NORTH follows the ridge just L/N of this gully. The West Ridge—SOUTH Route follows the ridge just R/S of this gully. Livingston Douglas Photo

The West Face of Peak 6570 as viewed from the parking spot. A prominent gully splits the West Face. The West Ridge—NORTH follows the ridge just L/N of this gully. The West Ridge—SOUTH Route follows the ridge just R/S of this gully. Livingston Douglas Photo

West Ridge SOUTH, Class 3

Date of Climb: May 22, 2019

Access

Drive N from Howe on the Little Lost River Highway for 3.4 miles to a [signed] junction with 3800N (“Berenice Road”). Turn R/E onto 3800N an drive 5.2 miles to a signed junction with 1200W. Turn L/N and drive 1.1 miles on 1200W to an unsigned junction on the R/E side of the road. This junction is located 0.1 mile past a gravel pit that is located on the L/W side of the road. Turn R/E and drive 0.5 miles on a 2-track jeep road to a sharp R/S turn at the corner of a fence row. Park here (4,880 feet).

Please note that the USGS map incorrectly shows the West Face of Peak 6570 as being heavily forested. Not true. The West Face is completely open and there is no forest to worry about.

The Climb

From the parking spot, scramble almost 2 miles straight across a grass and scrub/sage field, heading directly at the summit of Peak 6570. You will cross a few dry gullies on the way. When you reach the base of the West Face, you can see a ridge just R of center that looks do-able. But you cannot see all of the embedded rock ribs/strata in it. When you climb it, it takes some Class 3 scrambling to either climb over or around the rock strata. Overall, it’s not too bad. In between the rock strata, the terrain is easy short grass/scrub.

The summit of Peak 6570 is small but has a large cairn and a tall triangulation post nearby. A juniper bush accompanies the aforementioned man-made items. The Lemhi Mountains to the north are intimidating. They tower over this [much-lower] peak.

West Ridge NORTH (Descent), Class 3

Access

Same as for the West Ridge—SOUTH Route

The Descent

From the summit, descend N on a ridge briefly to pass the head of a large gully that splits the West Face. This gully separates the West Ridge NORTH from the West Ridge SOUTH. Once past the gully, you reach the top of the West Ridge NORTH. Follow the ridge W then WSW until the ridge ends in a minor gully. This is a very nice gully with short grass and a scree base that quickly leads you down to the valley floor, reaching the base of the West Ridge SOUTH Route.

The West Ridge NORTH Route is rockier and has more difficult rock strata to contend with than the West Ridge SOUTH Route. Several of these cliff bands are Class 5 faces and must be circumvented, mostly on the L/S side. This is a tougher Class 3 route than the West Ridge SOUTH Route. But it goes at Class 3 and the finish is magnificent. Trek across almost 2 miles of grass/sagebrush to return to your parked vehicle.

The summit cairn atop peak 6570. The snow-dusted Lemhi Mountains to the north are in the background. It was a cold, blustery May day with scattered snow showers. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop peak 6570. The snow-dusted Lemhi Mountains to the north are in the background. It was a cold, blustery May day with scattered snow showers. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: West Ridge--SOUTH
  • Year: 2019
  • Season: Spring
  • Party: Livingston Douglas
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  • Other First Ascent: West Ridge—NORTH —Descent
  • Year: 2019
  • Season: Spring
  • Party: Livingston Douglas

Longitude: -112.88069   Latitude: 43.85301

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