Ascent of Scott Peak on 2011-07-19

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Scott Peak
    Elevation:11393 ft / 3472 m

Ascent Trip Report

For the most part, I followed Ken Jones' TR for the nearby Clark county HP.

From ID-28 at virtual mile 57.6, which is about 5½ miles N of the Clark-Lemhi border, I turned NE on a gravel road towards Nicholia Ranch. Call this point mile 0.0. At 0.2 miles I went R at a fork where the L branch is signed as Willow Creek. At 3.1 miles I reached the base of the mountain where I made a sharp R where a L turn would continue toward the ranch. The road I was now on was just a gravel two-track; a vehicle without high clearance would probably still make it, but just barely. At 5.2 miles is a fork. The L branch goes up Italian Cyn; I took the R fork to continue traversing along the base of the mountain. At 7.6 miles I went L at an unsigned fork. At 7.9 miles I entered the Targhee NF, and a sign said I was on FR 190. At 8.4 miles I entered Scott Canyon. At 8.8 miles I went through a wire gite, which I opened and closed. The road then became rough and rutted, suitable only for high clearance. At 11.7 miles I reached the end of the road at an A-frame wooden fence where I parked in a meadow. I'm pretty sure this is "point 7698" on MyTopo, though my GPS said it was only ~7600.

I hiked a trail that continues through a gap in the fence. Ken Jones says to be sure to turn R at point 7993; I never saw this junction, but I ended up going the correct way anyway. The trail climbed to point 8975, where I left the trail and dropped sightly to traverse across the mouth of the canyon that comes straight down from the SW face of Scott Pk. I had planned to follow Ken Jones' TR and traverse the mouth of the next canyon as well, but when I saw how much elevation loss that would entail, I made an in-flight executive decision to part from Jones' route and continue straight up the ridge I was now on. I had been keeping an eye on the details of the mountain from below, and I could see that I would not get skunked by any technical difficulties higher up. The going was easy in the sparse forest until tree line at 9500', where the route was talus. A small gendarme at 9700' was easily bypassed on its L, as was a much larger gendarme (point 10249). At about 11000', I began to traverse R toward Webber Pk, since the goal of this climb was to reach the two possible HPs of Clark county on Webber Pk's E ridge as well as to climb Scott Pk. After bagging these two points, I headed to the summit of Scott Pk, a simple talus stroll.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3695 ft / 1126 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Trailhead:Scott Cyn  7698 ft / 2346 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 

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