Peak 8937 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 8,937 ft
Prominence: 437

The west face of Peak 8937, highpoint X to the right. Margo Mandella photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2018


Peak 8937 lies at the east end of Christian Gulch in the Lost River Mountain Range. Peak 8937’s west face has an imposing rock wall. Class 2 approaches are from the north and south. The south approach is relatively treeless and provides good views of Lost River Range peaks throughout the climb.

We climbed Peak 8937 as a loop with Peak 9053, to the south. Another ranked peak, Spring Hill, could be added to this loop as well. If the weather had been better, we would have bagged that one too. You can also 4WD to the base of Spring Hill from the south. From there, you can crawl towards both Peaks 8937 and 9053, shortening your climb of all three peaks.

The west face of Peak 8937, highpoint 8836 to the right. Margo Mandella photo

The west face of Peak 8937, highpoint 8836 to the right. Margo Mandella photo.


Access

From Mackay, Idaho, travel west on Highway 93 until you reach Doublespring Pass Road (116 on Google Maps). Travel north on Doublesprings Pass Road until you reach a well-defined 4WD road Google shows as 307. Take 307 until you reach 308. Look north as you travel on 308 and park off the road across from the lower mountain where you would like to ascend. We did not need a 4WD to reach our starting point. However, you do need a 4WD if you continue to ascend 308.

(For an alternative access route to this peak see the page for Spring Hill.)


South Ridge Route, Class 2

The lower part of Peak 8937 is also the steepest section. However, it is short and footing is excellent. There is no trail on this peak, but the route is straightforward. Once you reach the top of the lower ridge, continue eastward, then northward, toward highpoint 8836 staying on the east side of the trees. Skirt highpoint 8836 and continue north to the peak’s official summit. As you proceed you will intersect a faint jeep trail that goes close to the summit. There is a small cairn on top.

Approaching the summit of Peak 8937. Steve Mandella photo.

Approaching the summit of Peak 8937. Steve Mandella photo.

We combined our climb of Peak 8937 with Peak 9053 to the south. Our GPS track below is missing the descent from 9053 to our vehicle. We descended via the western gully, right near the “T” in Forest on the track. From the summit, you can have nice views of the north side of Mount Borah and Mountaineer Peak as well as other surrounding 10K and 11K peaks.

Summit of Peak 8937. Steve Mandella Photo

Summit of Peak 8937. Steve Mandella Photo

Trip Stats for both peaks (without the final leg to the vehicle): 5.84 miles and 2,370 feet gain.

Peak 8937 Track, Margo Mandella

Peak 8937 Track, Margo Mandella

USGS Topo: Spring Hill

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.78629   Latitude: 44.30349

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