Peak 8569

Elevation: 8,659 ft
Prominence: 389

Peak 8569 viewed from the east.

This peak is not in the book. In 2018 John Platt lead a group across the ridge. Read his trip report at this link: Profile Loop 2018. The next peak along the ridge is Parks Peak. Published June 2018


Peak 8569 is located a little more than a mile east of Parks Peak on the Profile Gap/Parks Peak Ridge. This peak has a long north/south summit ridge. The peak can he reached from either Profile Gap via a long multi peak traverse or from the Parks Peak Trail after a strenuous hike out of the East Fork South Fork Salmon River canyon.

Peak 8569 viewed from the east.

Peak 8569 viewed from the east.

Access

For the eastern approach, start on Profile Gap. This pass is on the Big Creek Road, FS-340. [(B)(3.2) Page 137] Use the Peak 8615 page to reach the start of the traverse.

To climb from the west use the Parks Peak Trail. [(B)(3)(i) page 136]

Peak 8608/Peak 8569 Traverse, Class 2+

The easiest way to reach this peak is a traverse from Peak 8615. The traverse between the two peaks is a ridge walk and there are sections of old trail in places. The best line stays on the north side of the ridge in the saddle and then on top as you climb to the summit.

Parks Trail/Southwest Ridge, Class 2+

The traverse from the Parks Peak Trail is a bit convoluted. The GPS track shows the line I followed but there are other options available. Basically, leave the trail at the 8,400 foot contour, drop off the ridge and descend to the saddle shown below. The track shown below detours around some deep, rotten snow I encountered. In dry conditions this would not be an issue. Drop into drainage and stay along the base of Parks Peak’s northeast ridge as much as you can, aiming for the pass between the two peaks. There are a couple of large boulder fields to navigate over or around depending on your preference. Once on Peak 8569’s southwest ridge it is an easy walk to the top.

My GPS track showing the traverse line over Peak 8569.

My GPS track showing the traverse line over Peak 8569.

USGS Parks Peak

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Central Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2018

Longitude: -115.50801   Latitude: 45.05109

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