Peak 9340 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 9,340 ft
Prominence: 320

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This peak is not in the book. Published November 2021


Peak 9340 is located southwest of Bayhorse Lake on Buffalo Ridge. It is a minor, forested hump and is NOT the high point on Buffalo Ridge. Peak 9340 is most easily climbed via its north ridge from FST-4159. USGS Bayhorse Lake

The summit hump of Peak 9340. Livingston Douglas Photo

Access

Bayhorse Lake Road/FSR-051 is located along ID-75 exactly 7.9 miles south of the junction of US-93 and ID-75 just south of Challis. Turn right/west onto Bayhorse Lake Road and reset your odometer. At 3.2 miles, reach the Bayhorse townsite. At 4.4 miles, reach the Challis National Forest boundary. At 6.7 miles, reach a signed road junction. Go left to stay on Bayhorse Lake Road. At 8.4 miles, reach the Bayhorse Lake Campground. About 100 feet before reaching the campground turnoff, FST-4159 (signed) is on the left/south side of the road. Park at the campground entrance.

Map Errors

The USGS topo map shows the Bayhorse Campground as located alongside the east shore of Bayhorse Lake. In fact, the campground is located on a forested knoll that is about 0.1 miles east of the lake. FST-4159 is not located along Bayhorse Lake. It begins about 0.1 miles south of the lake and climbs over a forested hump that is located south of the lake and then drops into a meadow southwest of the lake before climbing up to Buffalo Ridge at a saddle. From the open meadow, the USGS topo map shows the trail correctly as it heads southwest to the aforementioned saddle at 9,020 feet.

North Ridge, Class 2

The Climb

Hike south then west on FST-4159 (an ATV trail) for about 1.3 miles to reach a 9,020-foot saddle on Buffalo Ridge. This saddle sits at the base of the north ridge of Peak 9340. Leave the trail here and bushwhack south up the thickly forested ridge. The forest has lots of blowdown but also has some semi-open areas and a final rocky ridge face (then ridge) climb to reach the open summit. There is a section of an old 2-track road on the right/west side of the ridge that I found about halfway up the ridge. Its origin may be at an open meadow just west of the aforementioned 9,020-foot saddle, but I can’t be sure.

Higher up, the ridge is poorly defined. Just keep heading south and a little right-ish/southwest as you gain altitude. Unfortunately, the forest is fairly flat which makes navigation difficult because visibility is often nil. At about 9,200 feet, the rocky northwest ridge becomes visible. Scramble right/southwest up a scree face to reach the narrow, rocky ridge crest. Follow it left/southeast to quickly reach the summit. The summit has a gold benchmark but no summit cairn, so I built one. The summit offers a nice view of the intimidating spire that is the high point of Buffalo Ridge (9,443 feet) which is to the north-northwest.

The summit area of Peak 9340. Livingston Douglas Photo

The benchmark atop Peak 9340. Livingston Douglas Photo

Looking down the forested north ridge. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Eastern Salmon River Mountains

Longitude: -114.41649   Latitude: 44.39901

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