Peak 8256 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 8,256 ft
Prominence: 516

The summit cairn atop Peak 8256 with the snow-laden Pahsimeroi Range in the background on a stormy afternoon in May. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Peak 8256 is located on a North-to-South ridge on the West Side of Willow Creek Summit, on US-93 south of Challis, ID. It offers beautiful views of the West Side of the Pahsimeroi Range. In May, Peak 8256 is likely to be snow-free while the [higher] Pahsimeroi Range is still buried in the white stuff.  USGS Dickey Peak

The summit cairn atop Peak 8256 with the snow-laden Pahsimeroi Range in the background on a stormy afternoon in May. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Peak 8256 with the snow-laden Pahsimeroi Range in the background on a stormy afternoon in May. Livingston Douglas Photo

East Face/South Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: May 23, 2019

Access

The starting point for this climb is Willow Creek Summit, south of Challis on US-93. The official elevation here is 7,161 feet. There is a large, paved parking pullout on the pass.

East Face/South Ridge, Class 2

From Willow Creek Summit, scramble SW up an open sagebrush slope. Angle diagonally W across a wide gully, dropping only 20 vertical feet to cross the dry gully. Climb a steep grass-and-sagebrush slope to gain the crest of the Northeast Ridge high up. Upon reaching its juncture with the South Ridge, scramble R/NW up the South Ridge to the summit. This final section ridge is clogged with thick mountain mahogany. Thankfully, the summit high point is rocky and open, providing spectacular views of the nearby Pahsimeroi Range. The summit of Peak 8256 had a small cairn, so I built it into a more respectable summit cairn.

Northeast Ridge (Descent), Class 2+

Access

Same as for the East Slopes/South Ridge Route

The Descent

Descend SE to reach the top of the Northeast Ridge. Follow the ridge NE as it drops to the valley floor at a gully just below US-93 about 0.4 miles N of Willow Creek Summit. The terrain on this ridge is mostly open, easy grass/sagebrush but has some sections of mountain mahogany and pine forest. Lower down, the ridge becomes less defined and more rounded. Be sure to angle R/ENE to intersect US-93 at an opportune point. If you’re lucky, you might see a large herd of elk grazing on a flattish bench on the ridge, a bench that is hidden from view from the highway.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.99249   Latitude: 44.22779

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