Peak 8340 (Mount Heinous)

Elevation: 8,340 ft
Prominence: 320

Mount Heinous. The Southwest Ridge is on the left. John Platt Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published August 2020


Mount Heinous is located at the eastern end of a rugged ridgeline that starts at on the main Lick Creek crest and runs northeast over Fitsum Peak (aka The Spear), Mount Horrendous to end on Mount Heinous. Its a long torturous hike from any direction to reach this peak. John Platt climbed this peak because it was the last peak he needed to complete all of the peaks on the Fitsum Peak quadrangle-an impressive accomplish unlikely to ever be repeated absent the future formation of a “Lick Creek Johnny” cult. The name he adopted is spot on for this ugly, tree covered peak. USGS Fitsum Peak

Mount Heinous. The Southwest Ridge is on the left. John Platt Photo

Mount Heinous. The Southwest Ridge is on the right. John Platt Photo

Access

There are two feasible approaches for this peak, the East Fork Trailhead and and the Thirtytheee Lake Route.

East Fork Lake Fork trailhead [(B)(3)(b) on Page 136]. Hike up the East Fork Lake Fork to the junction with the North Fitsum Summit Trail in 6.9 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain [(B)(3)(b.1) on Page 136]. The North Fitsum Summit Trail no longer shows up on the USGS topographic map. Nevertheless, the trail is signed and is sort of there.

Thritythree Lake Trail. This unofficial use trail is accessed from the Lick Creek/Yellow Pine Road [(B)(3) Page 136]. The trailhead is the obvious switchback in the road about 1.5 miles below Lick Creek Summit. There is a large parking area on the north side (left, heading up the hill) and a smaller pullout on the right, sometimes used as a camp site. The trail (two of them, actually, but they soon join up) starts at the back of the smaller pullout. The route covers 1800’ of gain and 2.75 miles.

The switchback on the Lick Creek/Yellow Pine Road is shown on the hiking map, along with the coordinates.

South Ridge, Class 2

Use the link below to read John Platt’s trip report.

John Platt’s route from Thirtythree Lake to Mount Heinous and back.

John Platt’s route from Thirtythree Lake to Mount Heinous and back.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -115.84619   Latitude: 44.99059

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