Peak 9151 (Black Canyon East) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,151 ft
Prominence: 491

View of burn-scarred Peak 9151 (left of center, foreground) from the summit of Peak 9044. Saddle Mountain is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 9151 is one of two obscure, forested peaks on the East Side of South Creek, located near the mouth of South Creek Canyon. The easiest ascent route is from an ATV Trail (FST-4272) up Black Canyon then a steep bushwhack north to the connecting saddle between Peak 9044 and Peak 9151. Both peaks can be easily climbed from this saddle. The summit of Peak 9151 is a rocky, Class 3 ridgeline with exposure. Peak 9151 is in an ugly burn area. Charred logs and snags are all that remain of what was once a beautiful pine forest. USGS Tyler Peak

View of burn-scarred Peak 9151 (left of center, foreground) from the summit of Peak 9044. Saddle Mountain is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

View of burn-scarred Peak 9151 (left of center, foreground) from the summit of Peak 9044. Saddle Mountain is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

West Ridge, Class 3

Date of Climb: June 16, 2019

Access

Same as for the West Ridge of Peak 9044. This climb is the final leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 9044 to Peak 9151.

The Climb

From the connecting saddle, scramble E then NE up through a charred pine forest. The terrain quickly becomes quite rocky. Skirt past rocky Point 9000+ then drop 50 vertical feet to a minor saddle. From the saddle, climb E up through loose scree, charred logs, and snags to reach the narrow, towered ridge crest of Peak 9151. Turn R/SE and scramble about 0.1 mile along the ridge crest to reach the high point.

The ridge towers are Class 5 but you can skirt them and keep the ridge traverse at a Class 3 difficulty. The summit of Peak 9151 is the highest tower on the ridge. It is a jumble of blocks. From a distance, you might think that it will be impossible to stand atop this one. But it goes much easier than you’d think.

The 3-rock summit cairn atop the high point of Peak 9151, looking NW at the Class 3 towers/blocks on the summit ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

The 3-rock summit cairn atop the high point of Peak 9151, looking NW at the Class 5 towers/blocks on the summit ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Longitude: -112.98139   Latitude: 43.92239

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