Ascent of Mount Cramer on 2011-08-18

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Others in Party:Dean Molen
Date:Thursday, August 18, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Cramer
    Elevation:10716 ft / 3266 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trailheads for Mt Cramer are easy to find. Head north from Sun Valley on Hwy 93 and at an intersection that says 4th of July Creek is to the east and Decker Creek to the west, turn west, zero your odometer. Go west 0.4 mile crossing the Salmon River and then turn left. You will pass the Lower Trailhead for hell Roaring Creek and then at 1.7 miles take the right fork where you will need 4WD and high clearance for the next 2.5 miles where you reach the Upper Trailhead. There really is no developed trailhead up there, you just pull off into the forest and park wherever you can. They moved the trailhead back a mile because after a survey they discovered that the old trailhead was actually in the wilderness area.

From the parking area, hike down the road for a mile to the old trailhead and then pick up the trail on the left side and follow it over hell Roaring Creek on a small log bridge and then up the hill a bit where i intersects the trail coming up from the Lower Trailhead. Turn west and follow the trail to hell Roaring Lake, cross the lake outlet on another log bridge and then follow the trail along the south side of Hell Roaring Lake. Stay on the trail as it gains elevation and heads towards Imogene Lake. About a mile before you get to Imogene Lake, or about 6 miles from the Upper Trailhead you will cross the creek coming out of Imogene Lake on nice wooden bridge. At this point we left the trail and headed west towards Lake 8733. This is a confusing route that skirts a couple lakes, and goes around a couple roacky ridges. There is no trail until we be chance found the climbers trail coming from Imogene Lake. The trail was a welcome addition because we didn't have to worry about our route finding. We made good time to unnamed lake at 8320, .5 mile east of Lake 8733, where we found a way to cross the outlet of the lake and then on to the unnamed lake just northeast of Lake 8733. Here, Dean called it a day and I continued towards the summit.

It is not difficult to find a way up the steep slope to the east ridge of Mt Cramer at elevation 9,600 ft and there are climber trails that help. I headed directly up the east ridge and the final 300 ft of the climb was on large talus boulders. Fantastic views are to be had from this popular summit. This is a long day hike at over 18 miles. On the return I tried to follow the climber trail all the way to Imogene Lake, but it kind of disappeared on my and I wandered around for a little while looking for the way out. My GPS was handy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4156 ft / 1266 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18.3 mi / 29.5 km
    Route:Hell Roaring
    Trailhead:6560 ft / 1999 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford, Scramble
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dennis Poulin
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