Elevation: 9,349 ft
This peak is not in the book. Derek Percoski provided the route information set out below. I added photos and maps from my climb. Livingston Douglas climbed the peak from Peak 9053. His route is set out below. Updated November 2021
Spring Hill is located east of the main Lost River Range Crest, a couple of miles north of Horseheaven Pass. It abruptly rises up above the Pahsimeroi Valley and is the highest point of a somewhat-isolated group of 7 peaks, 5 of which are ranked summits. As a result of its prominence, Spring Hill was used as a surveying site as early as 1915. USGS Spring Hill
Northwest Ridge, Class 2 by Derek Percoski
From Doublespring Pass Road [(C)(3) on Page 293], turn east onto FS-117 toward Horseheaven Pass. Reset your odometer. At roughly 1.2 miles, the road forks. Go left/northeast onto FS-268. At 2.5 miles, go left at another junction. At 4.6 miles, the road tops out at 8,700 feet directly on the northwest ridge of Spring Hill. A high-clearance vehicle is required and 4WD is recommended.
From the road, it is just over a half a mile with 754 feet of elevation gain up the northwest ridge to the summit. An occasional game trail can be used for parts of the climb.
Additional Access Information
Your 4WD adventure can continue on unofficial ranchers’ roads along the ridge to Peak 8937. The 4WD road goes to the summit. Along the way to Peak 8937, we stopped and climbed soft-ranked Peak 8860. Reaching this peak requires jumping a cattle fence on National Forest Land.
Livingston Douglas Trip Report
Spring Hill sits above Carlson Lake. Its north and east aspects are particularly rocky and rugged. The mountain’s weakness is its west side and the northwest ridge is the easiest ascent route. This is the second leg of a 4-peak adventure that includes Peak 9053, Spring Hill, Peak 8860, and Peak 8937. It covers 12.0 miles with 4,175 feet of elevation gain round trip.
Same as for Peak 9053. This is the second leg of a 4-peak journey.
Northwest Ridge, Class 2
From the 8,220-foot connecting saddle with Peak 9053, follow a jeep/ATV road (not shown on maps) east then northeast up the ridge to reach an unsigned road junction on the main north-south ridge crest that sits above Carlson Lake. Go right/southeast at this junction and follow the ridge on a jeep/ATV road to reach the base of the steep northwest ridge of Spring Hill. Leave the road the follow a fence row (which soon ends) on the ridge crest then scramble up the field grass and scree/gravel on the ridge to reach the summit of Spring Hill.
Skirt a few minor rocky outcrops/cliff bands on their right/south side. The rocky summit perch has a small cairn and two USGS benchmarks. It offers a beautiful view of nearby Carlson Lake. From the summit, descend the ridge northwest then north to reach a narrow saddle at 8,580 feet, passing Carlson Lake along the way. Leave the 2-track road near the ridge to avoid needless ups-and-downs as you approach the saddle. Cross to the right/east side of a fence row on the ridge crest and descend the scrub to a flat area at the base of the southwest ridge of Peak 8860. This is the connecting saddle with Peak 8860 and concludes the second leg of today’s 4-peak journey. Peak 8860 is up next.