Peak 8695 (Mount Horrendous)

Elevation: 8,695 ft
Prominence: 595

Peak 8695 (Mount Horrendous). John Platt Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published January 2020


Mount Horrendous is located east of the main Lick crest northeast of Fitsum Peak on the ridge that divides Fitsum and North Fitsum Creeks. John Platt relates “I know 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

Peak 8695 (Mount Horrendous). John Platt Photo

Peak 8695 (Mount Horrendous). John Platt Photo

Access

East Fork Lake Fork Trailhead. [(B)(3)(b) 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 gain. [(B)(3)(b.1) page 136] The North Fitsum Summit Trail no longer shows up on USFS topographic map. Nevertheless, the trail is signed and 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.

This photo shows the condition of the North Fitsum Summit trail in 2019. John Platt Photo

This photo shows the condition of the North Fitsum Summit trail in 2019. John Platt Photo

John Platt’s GPS track for climbing Mount Horrendous, Fitsum Peak and Peak 8737. This,route covered two days, 8.7 miles and 4,000 feet of gain.

John Platt’s GPS track for climbing Mount Horrendous, Fitsum Peak and Peak 8737. This,route covered two days, 8.7 miles and 4,000 feet of gain.

Southwest Ridge, Class 3

The route starts on the Fitsum Peak/Mount Horrendous 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. The traverse across the drainage to The Spear/Fitsum Peak saddle. Next, you will either need to traverse over Fitsum Peak or traverse around its southern slopes. Neither option is an easy proposition. From the saddle ascend the southwest ridge.

The north side of Mount Horrendous. John Platt Photo

The north side of Mount Horrendous. John Platt Photo

 

Mountain Range: Western Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -115.85929   Latitude: 44.98459

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