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.

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