Peak 8614 (Burnside Peak)

Elevation: 8,614 ft
Prominence: 234

This peak is not in the book.


The area of the Western Salmon River Mountains known as the Lick Creek Range is a complicated mess of ridges, summits and drainages. Much of this area was once covered by dense forest but over the past couple of decades, the area has suffered large forest fires which have opened these granite mountains up for viewing.

The section of these mountains between Pearl Peak (Pearl Benchmark) and Beaverdam Peak is one of the most spectacular ridge lines opened to viewing by a forest fire. There are 5 points along this ridge that are great destinations for scramblers: Pearl Peak, Peak 8610 (Paintbrush Peak), Rain Peak, Peak 8614 (Burnside Peak or South Rain Peak) and Beaverdam Peak. USGS Box Lake

Burnside Peak from Lick Creek Summit.

Burnside Peak as viewed from Lick Creek Summit.

Burnside Peak is located 1.0 mile south of Rain Peak. The peak has slightly more than 200 feet of prominence between it and Rain Peak but, thanks to the distance and the rugged nature of the connecting ridge, it is clearly deserving of separate peak status.

East Ridge Route, Class 2-3

The East Ridge can be reached from several spots along Lick Creek Road or from the trail to Duck Lake [(B)(3)(c) on Page 136]. I recently climbed this peak with John Platt, Art, Carol and Tegan Troutner and Andrew Chiles, leaving the road at Lick Creek Summit. We took this route to the East Ridge rather than the easier Duck Lake approach to see new country for some of us and to revisit the country for John and Art.

Despite the effects of the recent Forest fires this country is full of wonders, like this pond near Lick Creek Summit. In late August you will also find more huckleberries than you could ever eat.

Despite the effects of the recent forest fires, this country is full of wonders like this pond near Lick Creek Summit. In late August, you will find more huckleberries than you could ever eat.

Bushwacking through the burned sections of the Lick Creek Range is a bit easier than before the fires because you can see where you are going. Nevertheless, it is not easy walking as the granite often forms undulating terrain and you constantly crossing downed trees.

Bushwhacking through the burned sections of the Lick Creek Range is a bit easier than before the forest fires because you can see where you are going. Nevertheless, it is not easy walking as the granite often forms undulating terrain and you are constantly crossing downed trees.

From the Burnside Lake drainage the climb to the ridge top is steep. Once, on the ridge the route to the peak's summit ridge is straight forward. Carol Troutner ascending the ridge.

From the Burnside Lake drainage, the climb to the ridge top is steep. Once on the ridge, the route to the peak’s Summit Ridge is straightforward. Carol Troutner ascending the ridge.

The final climb to the summit ridge goes up from this point where the east ridge melds into the east face. John Platt showing us the way.

The final climb to the Summit Ridge goes up from this point where the East Ridge melds into the East Face.

The peak's summit ridge is formed by an assortment of granite blocks. There are at least two points which might be the highest.

The Summit Ridge of Burnside Peak is formed by an assortment of granite blocks. There are at least 2 points which might be the highest.

The tip top is easily reached on its northeast side.

The tip top is easily reached on its Northeast Side.

 See John Platt’s trip report.

Our route took us 5.8 miles round trip with 2,418 feet of elevation gain. The cross-country travel to the base of the East Ridge ate up a lot of time as we trudged up, down and around obstacles. The total moving time was only 3 hours but, between eating huckleberries and sitting on the summit, we used up 6 hours.

Our route from Lick Creek Summit to the top.

Our route from Lick Creek Summit to the top.

Elevation Profile.

The elevation profile.

 

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Year Climbed: 2014

Longitude: -115.951148   Latitude: 45.057096

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