Peak 9698 (Saddleback Mountain)

Elevation: 9,698 ft
Prominence: 198

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This peak is the highest point of the massif of a peak that includes the famous Elephants Perch (its west summit). The Elephants Perch is discussed in the book on Pages 176-180. This mountain was named Saddleback Mountain by the early settlers. Its name is shown on old maps. However, the name was not adopted by the Board of Geographic Names. Interestingly, there was an allegedly accepted protocol years ago that the mountains visible from the valley would use names provided by the homesteaders and the less-visible peaks would be named by climbers. Of course, the Board of Geographic Names has not recognized that protocol. At any rate, the true Elephants Perch is the name attributed by climbers to the west summit of the homesteaders’ Saddleback Mountain.

Saddleback Mountain covers an unranked ridgeline that extends northwest from Little Decker Peak to Redfish Lake Creek. The Grand Mogul flanks this peak on its northeast side and the Saddleback Lakes border its west slopes. This peak has three summits. The east summit is the highest point. The west summit, with its great granite wall, is the famous Elephants Perch. The south summit is mostly ignored by climbers. USGS Mount Cramer

The summit of Saddleback Mountain as viewed from the summit of the Elephants Perch


Same as for the Elephants Perch.

South Ridge, Class 3

The south ridge is a short scramble from the plateau between it and the Elephants Perch.

Saddleback Mountain with the Elephants Perch (its west summit) on the left. Its east/true summit is on the right as viewed from Little Decker. Mount Heyburn is in the background.

Saddleback Mountain and the Elephants Perch

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Mountain Range: Sawtooth Range

Longitude: -114.9687   Latitude: 44.0726

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