Peak 9085 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,085 ft
Prominence: 505

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 9085 is a rugged mountain that towers over Bare Canyon to its south. The West Aspects of Peak 9085 are frightening and have probably never been climbed. The towers on the Southwest Ridge are, thankfully, lower than the easier-to-reach high point at the Northeast End of this rugged ridgeline. There is no easy way to reach this mountain. The shortest ascent is probably via Spring Canyon to the south. USGS Copper Mountain

Peak 9085 as viewed from Saddle #1 at the head of Spring Canyon. The summit is the hump in the center of the photo. The rugged towers of the Southwest Ridge are to the left of the summit hump. Livingston Douglas Photo

Peak 9085 as viewed from Saddle #1 at the head of Spring Canyon. The summit is the hump in the center of the photo. The rugged towers of the Southwest Ridge are to the left of the summit hump. Livingston Douglas Photo

East Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 15, 2019

Access

Spring Canyon Road is located on ID-28 in the Lemhi Valley between Mile Marker 40 and Mile Marker 41, exactly 9.9 miles N of the junction of ID-22/ID-28 and 3.4 miles S of the north entrance to Birch Creek Campground. It is signed with a simple street sign. Spring Canyon Road is poorly maintained and is now a primitive 2-track road. At 1.6 miles, the road goes L at a fork and becomes faint and rutted. At 2.7 miles, the road reaches the mouth of Spring Canyon. Park in open grass here (6,350 feet).

The Climb

From the mouth of Spring Canyon, hike up the canyon on the 2-track jeep road, heading NE then N. There is a fork in the canyon at 7,060 feet and an unsigned road junction. The main 2-track jeep road goes R here for a short distance up a side canyon. The very faint remnants of Spring Canyon Road go L here. There is a split-rail fence section here to act as a blockade to vehicular traffic. Go past the fence and continue hiking up the L fork, which is Spring Canyon. The road soon ends in a narrow gully at a large pine tree at about 7,200 feet.

The critical juncture in Spring Canyon with the split-rail “blockade”. Go around the blockade and continue hiking up the left/main fork here. Livingston Douglas Photo

The critical juncture in Spring Canyon with the split-rail “blockade”. Go around the blockade and continue hiking up the left/main fork here. Livingston Douglas Photo

Bushwhack up the dry gully in the center of the canyon, heading N to reach a ridge saddle at 8,330 feet. Higher up, you will find a game trail to expedite your climb to the saddle. This is Saddle #1. Now you must scramble across the upper reaches of Bare Canyon to arrive at another ridge saddle at 8,580 feet. This cross-country trek requires a traverse then diagonal drop to a dry gully followed by a face climb up to the forested saddle.  This saddle (Saddle #2) is at the base of the East Ridge of Peak 9085.

The hard approach is now done. Finish this peak off with a scramble W up through a nice, open pine forest, staying on its L/S side to avoid thick sagebrush in the forest on the R/N side. The live forest gives way to a burn area on the L/S side with downed timber to go around. The open terrain on the L/S side of the ridge quickly gets you to the rocky terrain higher up. Skirt the L/S side of a rocky buttress and then climb over 2-3 more rocky ledges/outcrops to reach the summit, which is another rocky buttress.

The summit of Peak 9085 is rocky and open, albeit with desert scrub right there. Indeed, the summit high point is a prickly desert bush with a large boulder under it. There is a summit cairn on a rocky fin/outcrop just behind, and W of, the prickly bush. The ridge towers to the Southwest along the ridge will frighten the you-know-what out of you. Thankfully, they are lower in height than where you are currently standing and you need not climb them.

The summit cairn atop Peak 9085 with the ridge towers to the Southwest just behind it. The Lemhi Range is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Peak 9085 with the ridge towers to the Southwest just behind it. The Lemhi Range is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

The prickly desert bush that sits atop the highest boulder on Peak 9085. Yes, this bush is the high point! Livingston Douglas Photo

The prickly desert bush that sits atop the highest boulder on Peak 9085. Yes, this bush is the high point! Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.81619   Latitude: 44.14619

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