Peak 9281 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,281 ft
Prominence: 541

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This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020

Peak 9281 is a ranked summit that sits on the LONG southeast spur of the south ridge of Peak 11292/Huhs Horn. It sits on a ridge line that separates Nicholia Canyon from Crooked Creek Canyon. Peak 9281 is a magnificent ridge scramble from the Crooked Creek Trailhead via its east ridge. USGS Scott Peak

Peak 9281 (summit is right of center) as viewed from the base of Nicholia Canyon Road. Livingston Douglas Photo


From ID-22, drive up Crooked Creek Road/FSR-178 for 15.8 miles to the end of the road at the trailhead for Crooked Creek Trail/FST-081. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead as well as a large dispersed campsite. The trailhead elevation is 6,840 feet.

East Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

Hike for two or three minutes up FSR-081 to reach the first clear area to drop to nearby Crooked Creek and cross it. It was too wide to jump, so I put a few logs across the creek to make the crossing feasible. Once across Crooked Creek, scramble southwest up a steep scrub slope to reach the crest of the east ridge just north of a prominent gully. Follow the rounded ridge up through sagebrush with weaving required then through short scrub/grass and sections of talus/scree higher up. There are also a few rocky ridge areas high up. Make a final jog right/north to reach the true summit after passing over a nearby false summit. The summit of Peak 9281 had a torn-down cairn so I rebuilt it.

The rebuilt summit cairn atop Peak 9281, looking down the east ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

Heart Mountain and its west face as viewed from the summit of Peak 9281. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.78729   Latitude: 44.29279

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