Peak 9053 by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 9,053 ft
Prominence: 833

Peak 9053. Steve Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book. Published October 2018


Peak 9035 lies due south of Peak 8937 in the Lost River Mountain Range. Class 2 approaches are from the north and west. The north approach is relatively treeless and provides good views of Lost River Range peaks throughout the climb.

We climbed Peak 9053 as a loop with Peak 8937, to the north. Another ranked peak, Spring Hill, could be added to this loop as well. If the weather had been better, we would have bagged that 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.

Peak 9053. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 9053. Steve Mandella photo.


Access

From Mackay, Idaho, travel west on Highway 93 until you reach Doublespring Road (116 on Google Maps). Travel north on Doublesprings Road until you reach a well-defined 4WD road Google shows as 307. Take 307 until you reach 308. Climb 308 as far as you can and park. You will likely need a 4WD to ascend 308, however, we did not need one to get to our starting point shown on the GPS track, below.


North Ascent/West Descent Route, Class 2

From your parking spot along 308, climb on the track until it disappears and head to the saddle area around 8200 feet. As you head south, toward the north ridge of Peak 9053, you will encounter a jeep track that ascends partially up the mountain. Stay on the track for a while and then bushwhack directly through easy vegetation to the flat summit.

We combined our climb of Peak 9053 with Peak 8937 to the north. 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. You can also ascend this gully but it is steeper than the north approach.

From the summit, you will have nice views of the north side of Mount Borah and Mountaineer Peak as well as other surrounding 10K and 11K peaks. You might also catch a rainbow.

Sometimes your summit views include rainbows. From Peak 9053's summit. Steve Mandella photo.

Sometimes your summit views include rainbows. Photo from Peak 9053’s summit. Peak 8937 is the treed highpoint in the background. Steve Mandella photo.

Peak 8937 Track, Margo Mandella

Peak 8937 Track, Margo Mandella

USGS Topo: Doublesprings

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Longitude: -113.78649   Latitude: 44.26479

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