Elevation: 6,852 ft
This peak is not in the book. The name Hangman peak is in use locally. Margo Mandella and Livingston Douglas have provided two takes on this peak. Updated December 2019
Hangman Peak by Margo Mandella
Peak 6852, just northeast of Hailey, Idaho, sits above a popular local hiking area. This peak is also known as Red Devil East. Red Devil Mountain, just to the west, is easily identifiable by its red rock on its west side. However, Red Devil Mountain is not a ranked peak. Peak 6852 sees a lot of wildlife and there are game trails crisscrossing all over its western face. However, it’s the southwest ridge, which crosses the summit of non-ranked peak 6660, that is the most frequently climbed approach. USGS Hailey
Traveling north to Hailey on Highway 75, continue into downtown Hailey on Main Street until you reach Croy Street. Here, turn right (northeast) and continue northeast until Croy turns to the southeast. At this corner, begin looking for Quigley Drive to your left (northeast). Turn onto Quigley Drive and take it to the end of the pavement where you’ll find a parking area on the left and a trailhead sign.
Southwest Ridge Route, Class 1+/2-
The climb to Peak 6852 begins at this trailhead. As the GPS track shows, we climbed to the summit of highpoint 6100 and followed the path east to the base of highpoint 6660. We ascended to 6660’s summit and continued on the trail over the upper saddle to Peak 6852’s summit.
On the way down, we backtracked the trail and once we reached the lower saddle, we branched onto a gully trail, eventually connecting to the main traverse trail back to the trailhead. Coming down this way, we briefly skied a little scree off the main trail taking a shorter, sportier way to the traverse trail. However, if we hadn’t turned as soon, we would have connected to the main traverse trail and missed the scree entirely. But on the traverse trail, there is a slab rock section that you will need to negotiate, but it’s easy enough to do. Minor obstacles either way keeps things interesting. 🙂
Several hiking/spur trails intersperse with game trails and braid around the lower elevations of the peak. There’s no doubt a more direct ascent and various climbing combination(s) you can use via the southwest approach. Our path takes you right up the steep ridge and keeps you high on the ridge to enjoy great views the entire way. Regardless, however you choose to approach the summit via the southwest, you can stay on a trail the entire climb.
The most challenging part of the climb is from the saddle after highpoint 6100 to the summit of highpoint 6660. This 600-foot west-facing section is dry, steep, and the surface can be loose with rocks/pebbles on hardpack. Even with a trail to the top, the grade of this section might pose a challenge for some folk, thus the in-between rating. In general, I consider this a “sport hike” for most peak baggers, challenging enough for a workout and a great early season conditioner.
Trip Stats: 3.41 miles and 1,437 feet elevation gain.
Hangman Peak by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: June 6, 2019
East Gully/Southwest Ridge, Class 2
Bullion Street is in the center of Hailey, ID on ID-75. It is signed and has a stoplight at its junction with ID-75. Turn R/E onto Bullion Street. After driving a few blocks, the street bends R/S. Continue 2 blocks S to [signed] Quigley Road. Turn L/E onto Quigley Road and drive 0.4 miles to a large, unsigned “trailhead” parking area on the L/N side of the road, just past the end of the residential homes on Quigley Road.
Two trails leave from this trailhead. Neither is an official BLM or NFS trail. Both trails go through private land, SO STAY ON THE TRAIL. There is a large poster board to remind you. The Quigley Loop Trail (signed and diagrammed at its trailhead) follows the N side of Quigley Road and goes all the way to Quigley Pond. The other trail has no signage; it’s just there. It goes straight up a steep hillside and switchbacks its way N to Point 6110.
Neither of these trails is shown on the Sawtooth National Forest map. However, the “Point 6110 trail” is shown on the BLM Sun Valley map and part of the Quigley Loop Trail is shown on the same map (only as far as it goes to the base of a large gully, well before the trail ends at Quigley Pond). Both maps are, unfortunately, inaccurate. The scale of the BLM map is such that you can barely even see the trails on it.
From the large “trailhead” parking area, walk to the R/E end of the parking lot and follow the [signed] Quigley Loop Trail NE along the L/N side of Quigley Road for about ½ mile until you reach an unsigned trail junction in the mouth of a wide gully. The Quigley Loop Trail continues straight along Quigley Road. Go L/NW here and follow an unofficial trail that heads up the center of the gully (let’s call it the “Gully Trail”).
The Quigley Loop Trail is quite docile, well-beaten, and flat.The “Gully Trail” is a different animal. It is steep, narrow, and has a lot of loose gravel. High up in the gulch, the trail forks. You can go straight/N up a steep trail to the ridge saddle or go L/W on a more gradual trail that leads up to the ridge at a ridge saddle ESE of Point 6100. If you choose the “gradual trail”, you must subsequently scramble N then NE on yet another unofficial footpath to reach the saddle at the head of the infamous “wide gully.”
This saddle sits at the base of the West Ridge of Point 6660. It is a steep climb up a weak footpath on ball-bearing gravel (very loose) to reach Point 6660. From there, drop to a minor saddle and continue with a bushwhack through thick sagebrush (the footpath disappears) N then W to reach the summit of Peak 6852.