Ascent of Hyndman Peak on 2013-07-12

Climber: Richard Hensley

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, July 12, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hyndman Peak
    Elevation:12009 ft / 3660 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed 4000 feet on Trapper Peak yesterday. Accustomed to a week's rest, not 18 hours, so this one turned out harder than expected. Long drive last night, so also got a late start around 10am. The Trail 166 up into Hyndman Basin is very good, with only a few short steep sections. Topo only shows the trail that goes east into Big Basin. Never saw that one; the main trail now goes toward Hyndman.

Just below the highest basin, there's a large gray talus moraine coming from Hyndman's SE slope. Unfortunately, some poorly placed cairns drew me into climbing up onto this moraine. Waste of time and a lot of effort; I only had to downclimb on the other side, and there was no trail. So when you get to this moraine, head east until beyond the toe, then resume NE toward the lowest saddle. A couple trails in this area, and they occasionally fade out, but just work your way around or over the numerous small rock prominences.

At the edge of the basin below the saddle, there's an obvious trail that zigzags directly up (NE) to the low point. Took that one, and it took me too high and was slippery in places. Better to angle left (N), and you'll find a better trail on some flatter sections of the slope. About 2/3 to 3/4 up, angle left toward the summit, staying below a couple cliff sections near the top of the ridge. Didn't appear to be a best route here; it's all large talus and small boulders. Pick your poison.

At the saddle, joined up with several guys (Josh, Nate, ?) from a large group with kids who had camped down in the basin. On the way down, as I prepared to stop and filter some much needed water, they saved me the trouble with a couple spare bottles of water. Really appreciated. Don't know if it mattered, but saving me the 20-minute stop helped me get to Ketchum just before 9 and a seat in a restaurant for a big steak dinner. Two days later, climbed Diamond Peak. Thanks again guys.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5274 ft / 1606 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5274 ft / 1606 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.6 mi / 20.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5134 ft / 1564 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 4934 ft / 1504 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:Trail 166, SE ridge
    Start Trailhead:Hyndman Peak TH  7075 ft / 2156 m
    Time:4 Hours 17 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5074 ft / 1546 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 4934 ft / 1504 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Route:SE ridge, Trail 166
    End Trailhead:Hyndman Peak TH  7075 ft / 2156 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes

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