Sunday, November 23, 2014

Peaks 4460 and 3793 In The Boise Front. 11-21-2014

Partners: Ketchum.

Stats: Distance 5.85 miles. Total Time: 2hrs 51min.  Elevation Gain: > 1,000ft.

Gear notes: Miscellaneous stuff to total approx 20lbs.

Peak 4460 in the center

These hikes came about after my friends Mark and Tory invited me on a hike of Peak 5180 in the Danskin Rage a couple of weeks ago.  When I asked Mark how he picked that hike, he mentioned Lists of John.  Since I was unfamiliar with that site, I had since looked it up.  I ended up looking at peaks within Ada county that have 300+ft prominence.  I noticed that I had already attained a few, however there are a few that were missing.  The mission was set in motion.

I've never been big on lists, since my list consists of everything...

I began the journey with the furthest peak, 4460.  I probably did not park in the most advantageous spot to start because there were "no trespassing" signs where I had planned to park, so I parked a bit further up on Bogus Basin Rd.  Temperature 34F, Winds light and variable.

Hat pulled back to facilitate ventilation and not to simulate hipster

From the road, I followed the ridge in to Daniel's creek.  A quick pace kept me warm as I gnawed my way down the trail.  I actually dropped quite a bit of elevation, but not to worry, it was all made up at the end.

Ketchum on the trail
There was about 4-6 inches of sloppy snow covering the ground so that made for some interesting footing in places, but following the trail was easy ground.  Up and around and up again until there is no more up to do.

Boise Peak
 Its nothing to exciting, but its still hiking and there are still peaks involved.

I had worked up a bit of a sweat which is about the last that thing one would want to do when hiking in cold weather.  There are a few good views to be had, but I would guess that normal people would not hike this.

After double timing it back to the car, it was on to another insignificant, yet relevant peak and number 2 for the day.

Peak 3793 

Since this was on the list and met the 300+ foot prominence rule, I went out swinging on round duce.

Leaving everything behind but the camera and trekking poles, it didn't take long to hit the top of this beast.

But first, let me take a selfie
After a short walk on the summit ridge, we dropped back down to the car.

It was a good attempt at getting above the inversion.

While not anything glamours or extravagant, its always good to be out.  I guess I'll check some things off one list.  Some lists have yet to be made.  Some lists are already done.  It doesn't take much to find adventure and I'm glad I found it once again in the Boise Front, were I essentially developed this ferocious appetite.  I guess I'll just keep chasing squirrels.  

Peak 4460 GPS

Peak 3793 GPS

Welcome to the jungle, essay.     

Happy trails!

-Granola, out

Monday, November 10, 2014

Peak 5180 In The Danskin Mountains. 11-08-2014

Partners: Mark, Tory, Vuyo, Hailey and Ketchum.

Stats:  Distance 5.07 miles.  Total Time 3:34.  Elevation Gain 1600 feet.

Gear notes:  Carried extra miscellaneous stuff to add pack weight of approx 16lbs including 4 liters of water and dog snacks. 

Peak 5180

The Danskin Range is a sub-range of the Boise Mountains.  While not even nearly the biggest or most appealing objectives, they do provide some steep, fun and short hikes close to town.  I've been in the range a hand full of times.  Once for Danskin Peak itself, the ranges highest point, and three other times to hike Three Point Mountain combined with Kepros Mountain.  I have recently been spying the area on Google Earth, looking for some new hikes to do out that way over the winter. With a fine weekend of fall weather on tap, I had really wanted to get up high, however upon remembering that I had plans for the BSU game on Saturday, I decided to stay closer to home.  Mark and Tory had suggested Peak 5180 and extended an invite my way.

I got rolling at 8am Saturday morning to meet Mark and Tory at Black's Creek Summit at 9.  The temperature registered a mere 31*F at the trail head.  With some light frost on the ground, we hit the trail up Deadman Creek.

Vuyo, Hailey and Ketchum run in and out of Deadman Creek

Looking north up Deadman Creek

The day warmed quickly as we walked up the creek.  It warmed up even more as we started up the steep slopes to initiate the ridge walk/loop to and from the high point.

We ascended to the high point on the left side and descended on the far right.

The Danskin Mountains with Three Point visible in the distance

As we neared our peak, we saw two hunters on the lower right ridge.  I shouted "three hikers and three dogs"!  They ether didn't hear me, or didn't care, they didn't bother to wave back.

With all three dogs in sight, Mark and Tory and I push for the top.

Tory, Mark, Ketchum and I on top.  Not pictured but present: Vuyo and Hailey.

Hailey explores the summit area.

Views from the top include the usual suspects; Shaffer Butte, Lucky Peak, Danskin Peak, the Trinity Mountains, Heinen and Kepros.

Trinity Mountains and the Middle Fork of the Boise River Canyon

Danskin Peak in the distance
 We cruised down the other ridge to make a loop, wondering in and out of the brush.

Connecting a couple of slopes and ridges, we regained the trail in Deadman Creek.  The day was now pleasantly warm for November!

Looking up the descent, with Peak 5180 on the left.  This was a fun, short hike and a good workout on a fine fall day.  It was also good reconnaissance for another, longer hike I have planned in this area.

Anyone wanna go!?

If you've hiked everything near by in the Boise Mountains, give the Danskins a try if you haven't been yet.  Fall, winter and spring are the optimal times to visit!

Happy trails!

Granola, out.