Ascent of Hyndman Peak on 1992-09-15

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, September 15, 1992
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hyndman Peak
    Elevation:12009 ft / 3660 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tuesday, September 15, 1992:

Today I climbed Hyndman Peak, 12,009 feet, the 9th highest in Idaho, and the only 12,000 foot peak in the whole Sun Valley-Sawtooth area of the state, the others being in the Lost River and Lemhi Ranges to the east. I set off up the closed extension of the Hyndman Creek Road, but noticed that the wound on my right index finger, where I had accidentally cut myself with my swiss army knife two and a half weeks ago, was kind of swollen. While I had been in Wyoming it seemed to have been healing well, but now it looked ugly.

Therefore I stopped under a tree along the road as it wound through pleasant pines to examine the cut. It looked like there was pus in the wound, and I was indeed able to squeeze a bunch of whitish-yellow fluid out. Alarmed, I vowed to see a doctor about this as soon as I got down from this mountain.

My hike was pretty typical for a dayhike up a major peak in the western U.S.--it was a long hike, up and down 5000 vertical feet on a road that became a trail that became a faint path that degenerated into rock-hopping across talus once the summit became close. The weather was perfect, just a little windy; I had the usual minor route-finding difficulties following the trails; the rolling above-timberline meadows were pleasant as always; I passed through a herd of cows down low; the views from the top were nice; I sweated and rested a lot on the way up and was tired on the long downhill retreat; I took a number of photographs, most of which didn't come out too well; and I didn't see anyone at all on my whole hike. There was no snow at all to contend with (I saw a few minuscule traces left on shaded rocks near the summit), and there was a summit register, which I signed.

I was back at my car by 3 P.M., after scaring the cows that had clustered near the brook, and I then made the long, dusty, horrible drive back down the Hyndman Creek Road to Triumph, ID, and then up ID 75 back into Ketchum, ID.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:5029 ft / 1533 m
    Trailhead:Hyndman Creek Road  6980 ft / 2127 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Very Windy, Clear

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