Hyndman Peak 08/12/2022

Hyndman Peak (12009 ft), located in the Pioneer Mountains of Central Idaho, is the 9th highest peak in the state and 4th most prominent. It was first up on my 4 day trip to Idaho where I planned to climb the state’s 4 most prominent peaks. I had flown into Boise the night before and driven my rental SUV to the trailhead. From State Highway 75 just north of Hailey, I went east on East Fork Big River Road for 7 miles and then northeast on Forest Road 203 for 5 miles. The dirt road is a little washboarded, but it is well graded so should be passable for nearly any car. I arrived at 1:15am, got about 4 hours of sleep, and started hiking at 6:04am from 7052 feet above sea level. The trail immediately crossed Hyndman Creek via a narrow footbridge.

I set off as the trail made its way northeast. Cobb Peak was impressive in the distance. Hyndman was still not visible.

It was partly cloudy and there was a slight drizzle. There were many pretty wildflowers along the trail.

I noticed a sky diver in the air high above me.

The trail was relatively flat until around the 2.5 mile mark, where it became much steeper. I got my first good look at Hyndman still in the distance.

I continued northeast up the trail.

At 4.8 miles I reached Sundance Lake around 9800 ft.

There were tons of wildflowers as I climbed above the lake (and the tree line).

At 5.5 miles the trail petered out and I turned left to begin climbing up the southeast face of Hyndman Peak.

I climbed up a short, optional class 3 pitch.

I climbed up about 1500 feet of class 2 talus slopes. There was a faint use trail here and there among the rocks.

I spotted this guy on the way up, not really sure what he was.

I reached the summit at 9:51am at 6.2 miles!

I signed the register which had been placed in 2020. The most recent entry was from the day before. I located the benchmark and a reference marker.

The views were quite impressive despite some cloud cover. It looked like it was raining to the north:

I could see the Lost River Range to the northeast, including Mount Borah, Sacajawea Peak, Mount Idaho, and Leatherman Peak:

More mountains to the east:

Old Hyndman Peak and Cobb Peak to the south:

There were many bees on the summit, so I sat down a dozen or so feet away to take a break. I then started making my way back down.

I reached the trail again at 7 miles. I made it Sundance Lake where I took a short nap which was much needed after the short night of sleep. I then retraced my steps back down the trail. I passed 5-6 groups on my way down, including many dogs. I noticed a number of pretty butterflies.

I reached the car at 1:44pm. Stats for this hike were 12.41 miles, 4961 feet elevation gain, and 7:39:40 total time.

I packed up and made my back to the highway. I stopped in Hailey to pick up some groceries, and then I drove about 3.5 hours to the Diamond Peak Trailhead. I arrived around 6:10pm and spent the night there.

To be continued…

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