- October 17, 2015
- Team: Ben
- Buckhorn Peak, 10,412
- White Bird Peak, 10,502
- Dome Peak, 10475
- Route: From Uncle Ike Creek
- YDS: Class 2
- Total Elevation Gain: 2,290
- Total Miles: 5.72
The approach from the entrance to Uncle Ike Creek to the place where we began hiking is 3.7 miles.
I have been planning this trip for some time now. Studying the map, I saw the possibility of summiting 4 peaks all connected by gentle cols. Then I read where Rick Baugher had already made the journey to the 4 summits in a single trip. My mental map of the trek fit perfectly on Baugher's described route. The trip was on.
Ben and I climbed the north face of Buckhorn Peak from Uncle Ike Creek. The face is broad and gentle, so I not sure it matters a whole lot where you begin the ascent. We began just east of some massive towers located on the north side of the creek. You can't miss these dramatic formations. We hiked due east into the rising sun. Bushwacking through sagebrush and then forest we climbed to a calcite talus slope. maneuvered through blocky boulders, talus, and a little scree. The climbing was easy, very little sliding. We discovered that this field of rock could be largely avoided by taking a line further to the east. Further west, the slope looked to be composed of smaller scree.
The light was harsh and the mountain backlit, so not many photos were taken on the way to the top of Buckhorn Peak. I took a photo of the range to the north (flat light) and of the west (harsh side light) face of Marshal's Mount near the top of Buckhorn for reference.
|Sunny Bar Peak, Nicholson Peak (center distance), Swanson Peak, and Little Diamond Peak|
|Peak 10,045 (Marshal's Mount)|
|Ben and the Milky Way bar|
|Little Lost River Valley, Fallert Springs, and Uncle Ike Creek Canyon|
You can see the oasis of the springs and the road below the springs along the steep slope
|Ben Walking to White Bird from Buckhorn|
Dome Peak on right
|To the south, Shrill Peak and Peak 10,604 tower over Mormon Gulch|
|Zoomed in shot of, I think, Tyler Peak for reference|
This peak is on my wish list
|Dome Peak from East Ridge of White Bird|
|Summit of Dome Peak looking back to White Bird, and Buckhorn Peaks|
|White Bird and Sunny Bar Peak|
If you look really close you can see Ben standing on White Bird
|Retuning to the slope up White Bird Peak|
Marshal's Mount in mid-ground
The tip of Swanson Peak, Little Diamond Peak, Shoshone John Peak, and Diamond Peak
|Marshal's Mount in near distance|
|Dropping off the north ridge of White Bird, looking back at Dome Peak|
|Marshal's Mount was so close|
Ben found the remains of a cabin in pretty good repair and lots of old steel cans of Olympia beer opened with the old style can opener.
I made a few more image on the way back to the ATV. All in all the approach from the Little Lost River Valley was about 5 miles and the hike was about 5 miles. Total elevation gain was about 4,500 feet.
We returned via Uncle Ike Creek and had beautiful fall views along the creek. The narrow canyon near the valley opening was stunning. Another great day in the Lemhis.
|West slope of Marshal's Mount|
|Little Diamond Peak and Marshal's Mount|
|Swanson Peak and Little Diamond Peak|
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