Elevation: 11,300 ft
Climbing and access information for this peak (shown as Peak 11280+) is on Page 282 of the book. At the time of the second edition, I was almost positive that the peak was unclimbed. I listed it in the book to give people a shot at a first ascent but I planned on racking up the first ascent myself. Brian Wright and I finally climbed the peak in 2003. Read about the saga at this link: The First Ascent of Triple Peak Updated July 2021
Triple Peak is located on the Breitenbach/Corruption Divide, northeast of Mount Breitenbach. It is a congregation of broken towers capping off an immense and unstable talus/scree pile. As of 2018, fewer than ten people have reached its summit. USGS Leatherman Peak
Key Hole Route, Class 4
The Key Hole Route begins on Breitenbach Pass, which can be reached from either Dry Creek [(A)(6.1) or (6.1 alt.) on Page 290] or the East Fork Pahsimeroi River [(C)(3.2)(a) on Page 294]. The trails shown on the map are seldom, if ever, maintained. Therefore, cross-country travel skills are needed to reach the pass.
From Breitenbach Pass, hike northeast up the ridge to the base of the first southwestern most tower. Traverse east, scrambling over boulders and talus for about 150 feet to the base of a steep, slippery, debris-filled gully. Climb the gully–carefully. The route up the gully crosses loose talus and hard ledges covered with loose rock. At the top of the gully, the route climbs a 12-foot-high Class 3-4 wall which brings you to a keyhole.
Climb through the keyhole. Scrambled up to the north until you reach a wall shaped like an open book. This feature leads to the top of the Southwest Tower and is a short 75-foot 5.7 climb on unstable rock. Look to your left, a ledge system above a cliff leads north along the base of the Southwest Tower’s north face. To reach this ledge the route crosses a steep debris filled gully. The far side of the gully is a 25-foot-high wall of dirt and debris. In 2003 this dirt wall was treacherous, loose and exposed. I suspect it has now been crossed enough times that it is a bit easier to climb now.
Climb the dirt wall and once over the lip you will find the ledge. Follow the ledge across the Southwest Tower’s face to the notch and then walk to the summit.
As we reached the summit, the East Tower came into view. We could not say with certainty that we were on the highest point. We had to check with a level to be certain that we had the first ascent.
Also, see Judi Steciak’s trip report of the Steciak/Hamke ascent of this route, which includes great photos of the route.
Read about the first ascent saga at this link: The First Ascent of Triple Peak
Regions: EASTERN IDAHO->Lost River Range
Mountain Range: Lost River Range
Year Climbed: 2003
First Ascent Information:
- First Ascent Year: 2003
- Season: Summer
- Route: Key Hole Route
- Party: Tom Lopez and Brian Wright
Longitude: -113.65189 Latitude: 44.08179