Ascent of Boise Ridge-South Summit on 2017-08-16

Climber: Mihai Giurgiulescu

Others in Party:Gary Novotny
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Boise Ridge-South Summit
    Elevation:6000 ft / 1828 m

Ascent Trip Report

I flew into Boise from the LA area and picked up my rental car. I left the car parked at a motel across from the airport, where I met the first person in my group, who drove from Reno the same day. In his better equipped Subaru Outback, we first had a late lunch in downtown Boise, then followed 8th Street north into the foothills toward our first target. For navigation I relied mostly on the newer trip reports from Peakbagger. The pavement ends past the newer sub-developments in the Highlands neighborhood, but the road remains in excellent shape until a shallow saddle at about 5400 ft. There follows a steep and very rocky section, where high clearance is imperative. 4WD also helps. We had no problem in the Outback and continued on a slightly easier grade to the junction with the Boise Ridge Road at 5800 ft. We could have driven the rest of the way to just below the cohp, but decided to park and walk instead, under the pretext of working off the earlier meal.

From the junction it’s just over a mile southward to a rise on the left side of the road. At the highest pile of rocks we found a 1L plastic bottle with a few pieces of paper stuffed inside. After I fished them out using a pinky and some patience, we recorded our names on the sturdiest one, put them back in, took a few pictures, and headed back. Not much in terms of views from this cohp, though there are a few good spots along the road to gaze over Treasure Valley below, above which hung an annoying haze on this particular day. The drive back down into Boise was uneventful. I would imagine 8th Street sees quite a bit of recreationist traffic on weekends, so to avoid difficult encounters on the narrow section between the shallow saddle and the ridge junction, I recommend going during the week or very early in the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:600 ft / 181 m
    Total Elevation Loss:600 ft / 181 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:400 ft / 121 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 200 ft / 61 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Boise Ridge Road
    Start Trailhead:Boise Ridge Road  5800 ft / 1767 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:400 ft / 121 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 200 ft / 61 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Boise Ridge Road
    End Trailhead:Boise Ridge Road  5800 ft / 1767 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Idaho CoHP 08-17

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Boise Ridge-South Summit2017-08-16 a600 ft / 183 m
2Pickles Butte2017-08-16 b100 ft / 30 m
3Cinnabar Mountain2017-08-17760 ft / 232 m
4Hyndman Peak2017-08-184970 ft / 1515 m
5Borah Peak2017-08-195340 ft / 1628 m
6Inferno Cone2017-08-20160 ft / 49 m
7Tree Molds2017-08-20150 ft / 46 m
8Indian Tunnel2017-08-2010 ft / 3 m
Total Trip Gain: 12090 ft / 3686 m    Total Trip Loss: 11696 ft / 3566 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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