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Ascent of Scott Peak on 2017-07-13

Climber: Dustin Erickson

Date:Thursday, July 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Scott Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:11393 ft / 3472 m

Ascent Trip Report

ALTERNATE ROUTE: Webber Creek (East side)

This was an awesome adventure. I took my mountain bike from the Webber creek TH through nice forests interspersed with open meadows. Steep climbing made for a hike a bike around 8000 feet for a bit around the old cabins. I saw nobody the whole day. Then the best part the upper three lakes are picaresque and somehow the whitebark pine in this basin has eluded the barkbeetles that have ravaged them elsewhere (for now). The upper lake is pure alpine. It seems as if you are in a remote basin in Ladakh rather than Idaho! Just chaotically twisting and folded rock and lots of scree. Not going to lie the scramble up Scott from the lake is steep and difficult. Fortunately on the descent I had some snow patched left for glissading otherwise this would have been a bit heinous. The views of Diamond to Bell are great with the empty Lemhi valley almost as it was hundreds of years ago. You can see Borah and the Lost River range clearly as well as the Tetons, Hilgard and the empty basin and ranges to the north. A very seldom visited place as the register shows. I know the west approach is easier peakbaggers, but try to remember why you peakbag, to visit other areas you might not have before right? In that case I can totally recommend the Webber creek route. It is an advanced bike ride ( but the downhill was quick!) but it can and has been done as a dayhike or maybe more preferably given the outstanding nature of the upper basin, as an overnight.

U.S. Super Prominence Peak #70/142
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