Peak 8525 (Solitaire Peak)

Elevation: 8,525 ft

This peak is not in the book.


This peak is the westernmost summit on Diamond Ridge. This ridge runs from this peak northeast to a peak identified by the USGS as Diamond Rock. Another ridge runs from this peak’s summit southeast to Storm Peak. Due to its central location the views from this peak encompass a large area of Idaho mountains (including many Lick Creek subrange peaks, the Seven Devils and Clearwater Mountain peaks) as well as Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains.

Climb the peak from the pass between it and Peak 8386 (Diadem Peak). This is a short Class 3 scramble around and over numerous granite boulders.

The peak's Class 3 east ridge.

The peak’s Class 3 east ridge.

I climbed this peak as part of a traverse of the ridge with John Platt in 2015. For additional details, see my Diamond Ridge Traverse page and John’s trip report.

The ridge is located northeast of upper Payette Lake on the east side of the paved Warren Wagon Road which is leaves McCall on the west side of Payette Lake. The best access at this point in time is to follow the Warren Wagon Road north for 21.1 miles and then turn east (right) onto FS-431 and follow this descent dirt road to its end. A fair trail leaves the east end of the parking lot and climbs roughly 750 feet in one mile to the base of the ridge at Deep Lake. You can hike crosscountry to all four of the ridge’s peaks from the trailhead but be forewarned that this area was heavily burned and in places crosscountry travel will involve crossing acres of downed trees. The Victor Creek trails traverses this country and crosses the ridge between this peak and Peak 8386. As of 2014 the trail was blocked by numerous downed trees and thus, I cannot recommend it at present.

USGS Victor Peak

 

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2015

Longitude: -115.93989   Latitude: 45.14609

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