Elevation: 7,724 ft
This peak is not in the book. Livingston Douglas provided a new route which is set out down the page. Updated October 2018.
Peak 7724 is located southwest of Swenson Butte just off of Bartlett Point Road in the Big Lost River Valley in central Idaho. Peak 7724 is a relatively short climb with a rocky summit that provides great views of the valley, Lost River Range, and White Knob Mountains. USGS Topo: Harry Canyon
Travel southwest on Trail Creek Road from Highway 93, northwest of Mackay, until you reach the southwest entrance of Bartlett Point Road. Pull off at this end of the road (note: there is private property in the area) and obtain the Northeast Ridge or continue northeast on Bartlett Point a short distance and obtain a jeep trail along Grant Creek that will take you to the backside of the Northeast Ridge.
The jeep road provides access to both the northeast and southeast ridges. A high clearance 4-wheel drive may be necessary to drive from the northeast ridge to the southeast ridge, depending on conditions.
Northeast Ridge/Southeast Ridge Loop, Class 2
Both the Northeast and Southeast Ridge routes are visible and straightforward from your parking location. You’ll find a very short steep section of climbing near the summit along the upper Northeast Ridge. In either direction, the small rocky summit is the only minimal scrambling on the route. The summit has a double carin, which undoubtably has a local story behind it.
Our trip stats: 1.6 miles and 739 feet elevation gain.
Full Northeast Ridge, Class 2 by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: May 23, 2019
From US-93, drive 11.3 miles W on Trail Creek Road to the [signed] L/S turn for Bartlett Road. Drive 0.8 miles on Bartlett Road and park alongside the road just after the road makes a sharp L/N turn. The elevation here is 6,670 feet. This is the toe of the Northeast Ridge.
Leave Bartlett Road and climb steeply S up onto the Northeast Ridge. Follow the magnificent, open ridge to the summit. The terrain on the ridge is a mix of field grass and sagebrush. The summit hump is rocky and has two large cairns. The views down to Trail Creek Road and the Big Lost River are breath-taking.