Peak 9997 (Penmyriad Peak)

Elevation: 9,997 ft
Prominence: 417

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This peak is not in the book. Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke submitted the information for the first two routes found below. Steve Grantham likely made the first ascent in 2014. His route is also found below. Updated December 2018

Peak 9997 is an attractive Sawtooth peak that sits just south of Peak 10027 and due east of Perfect Peak at the head of Cabin Creek. The peak is just shy of 10,000 feet, so if someone builds a tall cairn, perhaps it will qualify as a 10er. USGS Snowyside Peak

Peak 9,997 from Lake 9,078. The arrow points to the col in the SE ridge. Judi Steciak and Carl Hamke Photo

Peak 9997 as viewed from Lake 9078. The arrow points to the col in the Southeast Ridge. Steciak/Hamke Photo

Here is an approach update for [(A)(3)(b)] on Page 206 that will help you get to the route. From ID-75, turn west on Cabin Creek Road/FSR-207 about 1.5 miles north of the turnoff for Alturas Lake (FS-207 is no longer accessible from the Alturas Lake Road). In case the signs are missing: turn left/south at 1.2 miles from ID-75, right/west at about 1.8 miles farther and continue for another 0.2 miles to the Cabin Creek trailhead.

East Face, Class 2

From Lake 9078 in the Cabin Creek drainage [(A)(3)(b)], walk up to the base of the East Face of the peak. Follow a line up through a group of trees. Below the summit cone, traverse south below rock ribs to gain a small col on the Southeast Ridge. Move west until you can gain the West Ridge and then the summit. Combine this with a traverse to Peak 10027 for a pleasant ridge walk.

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

Follow the approach to Peak 10027 (Page 202). Descend the Southwest Ridge of Point 9889 and enjoy a pleasant ridge walk up the Northeast Ridge of Peak 9997. Trend to the NW side of the ridge for easier footing near the summit. Descend the East Face for a loop hike.

Southeast Ridge, Class 3 by Steve Grantham 

I like to call Peak 9997 “Penmyriad” (from the prefix “pen-”  meaning “almost” plus “myriad” which literally means “ten thousand”). It’s the highest peak in Idaho that is under 10,000 feet. And I think it is actually conceivable that we (my girlfriend Chris Elrod and I and our dog Braxon) made the first ascent. I don’t recall finding any cairn or other evidence of prior climbs up there. We climbed via Cabin Creek and the Southeast Ridge. It was mostly Class 2 with maybe a little Class 3 near the top.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

First Ascent Information:

  • First Ascent Year: 2014
  • Season: Fall
  • Route: Southeast Ridge
  • Party: Steve Grantham and Chris Elrod

Longitude: -114.917   Latitude: 43.9188

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