Elevation: 9,292 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2021
Peak 9292 is a rocky summit that is located on the north side of the East Fork of the Big Lost River. It is best climbed with nearby Peak 9380 to its east and Peak 9268 to its south. Use the link below to read Rick Baugher’s trip report which provides some superb photos of Peak 9292 on the LOJ website as well as a brief commentary on his climbing route. USGS Harry Canyon
From the signed junction of FSR-135/Copper Basin Road andFSR-136/Wildhorse Creek Road, drive east on FSR-135 for 4.8 miles to a sign for “Stag Creek” and a side road that leads down to a campsite and parking area on the south side of the East Fork of the Big Lost River. This side road is not shown on the USGS topo map and the Challis National Forest map but it is shown on the Sun Valley Idaho Trail Map (Adventure Maps). Drive down this short 2-track road (4WD recommended) and park in a grassy area alongside the river. Stag Creek is on the opposite side of the river.
The northeast ridge of Peak 9292 is probably the only feasible climbing route (Class 3). The shortest way to reach the saddle at the base of the east face is from Copper Basin Road/FSR-135 to the south. It requires a ford of the East Fork of Big Lost River, so it should only be done in late Summer or Fall to keep water levels reasonable. Climb Peak 9380 (see posting) and then traverse to the connecting saddle with Peak 9292. Scramble up onto the northeast ridge and follow it to the top.
The east face can also be reached by a long approach hike via the Wildhorse Lookout Trail and 2-track roads leading all the way to the base of the west face at a saddle (8,860 feet). From there, you must skirt the south side of Peak 9292 at about 8,700 feet then climb up a gully to reach the saddle on its east side (8,820 feet). Refer to the approach hike for Peak 9072 for a description of this alternative approach to Peak 9292. It avoids the necessity of fording the East Fork of the Big Lost River.
I got a good look at the west face of Peak 9292 when I climbed nearby Peak 9072. It is intimidating. Not only is it quite steep, but the rock looks dubious at best. Avoid it if you’d like to “live to climb another day.”