Peak 10744 (Gilmore East)

Elevation: 10,744 ft
Prominence: 650

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Gilmore East viewed from Gilmore Peak. John Platt Photo

This peak is not in the book. It is the east summit of officially-named Gilmore Peak. Based on my visual observation, I believed there was a 50/50 chance that it is actually the highest point on the Gilmore Peak massif. My observation was recently confirmed by LiDAR measurements. Gilmore Peak is discussed on Page 304 of the book. Updated December 2023

This peak is the east and highest summit of Gilmore Peak. Prior to the existence of LiDAR, a savvy climber left a register on this point calling it Gilmore Peak. USGS Gilmore

Gilmore East viewed from Gilmore Peak. John Platt Photo

Gilmore East as viewed from Gilmore Peak. John Platt Photo


Same as for Gilmore Peak.

Gilmore Peak to Gilmore East Traverse, Class 2+

The easiest route to the summit is the traverse from Gilmore Peak is a Class 2+ scramble. You will encounter one obstacle on the ridge. Bypass this obstacle on its south side.

Northwest Corner II 5.7 A0 or 5.8 by Dean Lords

Dean Lords and Travis Michael, August 2001

On the USGS topo map, Gilmore East is the main peak directly behind (south) of Meadow Lake. This route is easily identified looking south across Meadow Lake as the right-hand skyline with the obvious tower of rock (Cow Tower) at 2/3rds height on the ridge. The rock quality for the most part is pretty good with a fair amount of loose debris on the ledges. Protection is good but bring a variety of camming units.

Ascend talus slopes to the base of the Northwest Corner where one will start the route in a steep gully just to the left of the ridge. Ascend easy terrain just left of the ridge crest for several rope lengths, aiming for the large deep chimney (crux) on the upper reaches of the ridge. Belay under an overhang on the right side of the crux pitch.

The crux pitch follows a shallow chimney for half the pitch to where one exits onto a face and climbs the left side of the Missile (a long skinny detached block in the shape of a missile) crossing the top of it and into the deep chimney. Belay here or continue up the back of the chimney to a few overhanging moves (5.7 A0 or 5.8) into an off width that widens back to chimney size after several moves. This chimney is capped with a large chockstone which one can exit from underneath on the left and emerge on top of the Cow Tower. Ascend wide cracks above the tower to easier terrain and a few hundred feet of scrambling to the summit. Descend via the trail back to Meadow Lake.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Lemhi Range

Year Climbed: 2013

Longitude: -113.3185   Latitude: 44.4268

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