I'm on the 10 year plan for completing Idaho's nine peaks at about 12,000 feet - the so called "12'ers". Dylan and I started this quest back in 2009 by climbing Mt. Borah ( http://fadgenfamily.blogspot.com/2009_09_01_archive.html ). The last 12'er I completed, Mt Leatherman, I have done twice ( http://fadgenfamily.blogspot.com/2013/08/leatherman-peak-12230-feet.html and http://fadgenfamily.blogspot.com/2016/06/leatherman-peak-12228-ski.html ). With time running out on my ten year time frame, I met up with my buddy, Steve Mandella, Sunday evening to climb Mt Idaho, Idaho's 7th highest peak.
We caught up with each other while enjoying a great dinner of T-Bone steaks, sweet potato and apple hash, blackberry pie and a couple of beers. With full bellies, it wasn't too difficult to turn in early for our 5AM wake up.
We parked at Elkhorn Creek and were walking up the trail at 6:15AM. It was looking like it was going to be a gorgeous day, cool, sunny and little wind. The trails winds through the sagebrush, before stating the uphill grind through the trees.
|Eastern slope of Mt Morrison|
|Steve heading up|
|Mt Morrison (left)|
|Breaking out into the sunshine|
Unknown to us, the trail split at this ridge and we mistakenly took the right fork. We probably didn't see the left turn that went over the ridge due to it being in the shade. As we were crossing the class 3+ rock seen in the picture below, I kept thinking that we were off trail. But, someone had left a large walking stick (Brett maybe?), so we kept moving along. It was't until the descent that we found the correct (easier) route.
|Don't go this way!|
|Back on trail|
|Loose, rocky west face|
|Steve almost to the summit|
We scrambled up without much difficulty and reached the top at 10:45, 4.5 hours after we had started. This was Steve's 9th and final Idaho 12'er and my 7th. The views from the summit did not disappoint, with Mount Borah standing tall and proud just to our north.
We took a nice break on top of Mt Idaho, surveying the surroundings, while fueling up for the next objective, Mt. Morrison.
|Ridge from Mt. Idaho to Mt. Morrison|
|Mt. Idaho summit Splattski|
|Steve dropping off of Mt. Idaho|
|It's only "over there"|
|Close up of Mt. Morrison|
|Steve on the way back up after crossing below the rock outcropping|
|Back on the ridge with Mt. Idaho on the left|
|The summit is back there somewhere|
|Steve just about getting blown over while heading for the summit of Morrison|
|Mt. Morrison summit Splattski|
No such luck, this pile of rubble, called Mt. Morrison, wan't going to go easy. We picked our way down the loose rock for close to a 1000 feet before we could get in some scree small enough to allow us to boot ski a little.
|Cool rock formation on the SW ridge|
|Steve picking his way down|
|Looking back up our descent route|
I'd like to thank Steve for the opportunity to put in a big day. These other obscure peaks are so close to the more popular peaks and are usually a lot more fun. Great day!
Time: 10.5 hours ca to car
Distance: ~8 miles
Elevation: 5800 feet