Elevation: 8,695 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2020
Peak 8695/Mount Horrendous is located east of the main Lick Creek Crest. It is northeast of Fitsum Peak on the ridge that divides Fitsum and North Fitsum Creeks. John Platt relates: “I know of two people who use the ‘Horrendous’ name and they don’t know each other. So, although I don’t like it, I acquiesced.” This peak is located in truly remote, difficult country. USGS Fitsum Peak
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. See John’s trip report for a brief description of the trail conditions in 2019. The route to Mount Horrendous begins on North Fitsum Summit.
Southwest Ridge, Class 3
The route starts on the Fitsum Peak/Peak 8695 saddle. Reaching the saddle is an arduous task. The route is shown on John’s map. First, you need to climb up the North Ridge of Peak 8737 until you can drop off the ridge into the upper reaches of the North Fitsum Creek drainage. Then traverse across the drainage to The Spear/Fitsum Peak saddle. Next, you will either need to traverse over Fitsum Peak or traverse around its South Slopes. Neither option is an easy proposition. From the saddle, ascend the Southwest Ridge.