Peak 9283 (Paris Green Peak) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,283 ft
Prominence: 1,103

Peak 9283. Matt Durrant Photo

This peak is not in the book.


Peak 9283 is an impressive mountain that separates Green Basin from Paris Flat. Consequently, I call it Paris Green.

Date of Climb: August 28, 2018

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

Access

From Highway 89 in Paris, ID, drive west up Paris Canyon Road/FSR-421 heading toward the Paris Ice Cave. At 9.1 miles (about ¼ mile before the Paris Ice Cave), you reach a signed road junction (STRAIGHT is FSR-408 which goes to the Paris Ice Cave and Paris Flat; RIGHT is FSR-421 which goes to Green Basin). The elevation at this road junction is 7,860 feet. Park in an open area on the L/S side of the road here. A campsite is next to the trees on the L/S side of the road here. Additional dispersed campsites can be found 100-200 yards farther west on FSR-408. This is cattle country, so expect to see bovines near this junction, on the south slopes of Peak 8540, along FSR-408, and in Paris Flat.

This road junction provides the easiest access to Midnight Mountain (9,328’), via Green Basin Road/FSR-421. Note that the name of FSR-421 changes from Paris Canyon Road to Green Basin Road at this junction. FSR-421 is suitable for passenger cars all the way to its junction with FSR-408. Hike (or drive) northward up Green Basin Road/FSR-421 to a saddle at 8,220 feet. This is the connecting saddle between Peak 8540 and Peak 9283. If you climb the South Face of Peak 8540 then descend its West Ridge (as I did), you will have a more challenging route to this saddle. Since I did not drive (or hike) up FSR-421 to the saddle, I cannot be sure how rough the road gets, but it probably requires a 4WD vehicle.

Route

From the 8,220-foot saddle at the base of the Northeast Ridge, follow a footpath on the R/N side of a fence row (which is conveniently located on the ridge crest) for about ¼ mile to where the fence ends. From here, pick up an excellent old trail on the ridge crest and follow it until it is replaced by a decent game trail. Follow this game trail as it climbs directly (or just to the R/N of) the ridge crest. The game trail eventually disappears, but the ridge climb isn’t too bad. You eventually reach the summit cap of Peak 9283, a mass of white boulders with trees and scrub mixed in. Thankfully, the boulders are mostly ground boulders so the scrambling is no worse than Class 2. The summit area is semi-open with easy ground boulders and easy short scrub with trees scattered here and there. The summit high point is a large boulder (amongst a number of boulders) with trees nearby. The high point has a small cairn and a large post stuck in a boulder crack nearby.

Southeast Face, Class —DESCENT:

Access

Same as for the Northeast Ridge Route. This route is part of a ridge traverse from Peak 8540 and a descent back down to the junction of FSR-408 and FSR-421.

Route

From the summit boulder, descend in a southeasterly direction, aiming directly at the ridge on the far side of Paris Flat. That visual will help you maintain a decent line in this thickly forested descent. The first several hundred feet of this descent is a Class 3 endeavor on moderately steep, large white boulders with areas of trees, blowdown, and veg mixed in. Try to stay away from the trees/blowdown/veg as you descend these boulders to make your life easier and safer. Eventually, you will lose the purely-open boulder areas and you must descend a mix of boulders/trees to finally reach easier terrain (a ground boulders/trees/veg mix). The boulder field descent is significant—600 to 650 feet of vertical drop from the summit—before you reach the aforementioned “easier terrain.”

As you go lower, you will lose the boulders and reach an open aspen forest with a lot of veg in it. This section goes fairly quickly and it will lead you down to a crossing underneath the power lines. After crossing the power lines, descend a final section of desert scrub to reach FSR-408 at the NE end of Paris Flat. Hike NE along FSR-408, passing the Paris Ice Cave (well-marked) in 0.6 miles and reaching the junction with FSR-421/Paris Canyon Road about 0.4 mile farther along the road.

Mountain Range: Bear River Range

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: Northeast Ridge
  • Year: 2018
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas
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  • Other First Ascent: Southeast Face -Descent
  • Year: 2018
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Livingston Douglas

Longitude: -111.58139   Latitude: 42.23609

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