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Ascent of Lindstrom Peak on 2009-07-28

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lindstrom Peak
    Location:USA-Idaho
    Elevation:4695 ft / 1431 m

Ascent Trip Report

On ID-3, about 7½ miles SE of St Maries near mile post 77, I turned SW on a well-graded gravel road whose only signage was "sportsman access". Call this point mile 0.0. At 1.0 mile I entered a clear cut that provided good views of Lindstrom Pk. At 1.3 miles I re-entered the forest after the clear cut. At 1.9 miles I went R at a fork where a sign said "Lindstrom Pk, CB Ch 5". The road I turned on is not shown on any topo map I have seen. On Terraserver (or anything derived from it, such as Acme), there is no junction shown here but an elevation of 3051' is shown. On MyTopo, a junction is shown but the side road takes a different course. At 4.3 miles is a sharp R switchback and the road begins an ascending R traverse across the S face of Lindstrom Pk. At 5.8 miles the road turns L and heads up the E ridge of the peak. It then traverses the S face and, just after topping out at ~4000', rounds the S ridge at 7.0 miles, where I parked and began hiking.

I found the remains of a jeep road up the S ridge. For the first few minutes the road followed the boundary between a brushy clear cut on the L side and a forest on the R side. Later, however, the road wandered into the clear cut and gradually degraded to a maze of intermittent animal trails that finally petered out, and I was left with nothing but bushwhacking.

The SW face of the mountain is plastered with contoured logging roads, but since these have no elevation change, they are of little use in climbing the peak. I reached one of these at 4400', bushwhacked up some more, and then reached another road at 4600'. This one was of some use, as I turned SE and headed for the junction at 4600' just S of the peak. An easy spur road climbed the remaining ~100' to the mostly open summit with a campfire ring and a couple of discarded car parts.

While climbing the S ridge, I saw a road that headed directly up the long, gradual W ridge. It was not of any use in going back to my truck, which was S, but I thought it might be of use on a hike from the W. After returning to my truck via the same route I had climbed, I decided to investigate this possibility for the benefit of future Lindstrom peakbaggers. I drove my truck farther W, and at mile 8.2, there was indeed an H-shaped junction. A "connector" headed a short distance R (N), from which one could again turn R and head up the W ridge. Many drivers and vehicles could get to the S ridge, and a few could even drive the summit spur road. I recommend that future climbers of Lindstrom Pk use this approach.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:695 ft / 212 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:S ridge
    Trailhead:4000 ft / 1219 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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