Ascent of Cache Peak on 2017-09-04

Climber: Destry Orth

Others in Party:Sean Orth
Date:Monday, September 4, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Cache Peak
    Elevation:10339 ft / 3151 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was an unplanned spur of the moment trip. Weather was bad up north with predictions of thunderstorms, and my brother and I were being very indecisive the day before while trying to think of something to do. During the night it donned on me that Cache Peak was close and had not been explored yet by either of us. Weather looked good for southern Idaho as well. I called my brother early the next morning and he agreed this was a great idea. We didn't realize the drive was going to take so long from Jerome (him from Bliss), but we still made it to the trail head by 0830. We feared that it was going to start getting hot quick, so we didn't waste much time getting started up the hill. The City of Rocks came into view very quickly and I was not disappointed. It looked much smaller from that high, but was still quite the sight to see. We took the west ridge up and tried to make it more difficult than it had to be. This could easily be just a trivial class 1 climb, but we played on the big boulders, and did some scrambling to make it funner. The rocks on this mountain were awesome, another lithologist paradise. Once on the summit I saw my first prayer flags, which I found pretty cool as I've been studying alot about the Nepal region lately. Someone had strung them on the summit marker, which was unexpected. We hung out on top for a bit and then descended down to the saddle between Independence Peak and Cache Peak. This had a stunning view of the Independence Lakes to the east of the ridge. Here we ran into a couple of older fishermen trying to negotiate a route down to the lakes. We helped them find the trail and continued on to Independence Peak, then down its West face back to the trailhead.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2339 ft / 712 m
    Total Elevation Loss:739 ft / 225 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Smoky Haze
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2339 ft / 712 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:West Ridge
    Start Trailhead:West Ridge TH  8000 ft / 2438 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:739 ft / 225 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:North Ridge
    End Trailhead:West Ridge TH  9600 ft / 2926 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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