Stats: Distance 3.07 miles. Total time 2:30, time to summit 1:30. Summit elevation 4,960, elevation gain approx 1,800ft. Macks Peak on Lists of John.
Gear notes: Random stuff to total approx 14lbs.
Local-lame peaks have been the flavor of choice lately, mostly because they are close to home. Mark Jones has made a custom list on Lists of John; Peaks within a 1 hour drive from Boise, so that's what I've been working from, instead of just doing Cervidae Peak every time I want to train or take a hike. Macks Peak is close to Cervidae, only about 1.5 miles from it as the crow fly's. I drove about 3.5 miles down the Middle Fork road and parked in a large dirt turn-out. Temperature 49 degrees, overcast and light wind from the east.
I took the south ridge that sits between to small ponds and stayed on that route all the way to the summit. This bad boy kicks back pretty good right from the start and there is no warm-up section. The slope angle is about 50 degrees near the top of the lower section, so tripping is really not an option.
|Looking down the south ridge.|
|Macks Peak is in the center.|
From this spot, the route is obvious and easy to follow and the neighboring peaks come in to view.
|View down the long south ridge.|
Rock Roll Peak comes to mind; I need to get on that.
|Looking toward Arrow Rock Dam.|
After a few pictures, Ketchum and I divvied up the lunch. Cold pizza for me, dog treats for him.
I had eyed another cool looking ridge to the south that I had wanted to descend, but upon inspection, it would have taken significant effort to attain it. We simply reversed the ridge of ascent, which was steep, quick and uneventful. Just the way I like 'em!
There are 99 of them so get at it people!
This is the current top ten: Zack V, Dan R, Mark J, Tom C, Dave P, Tom L, Sean D, ???, John P, and ???. I will add, I feel that this is not a competitive thing, its more like a chill and friendly "see you next weekend/can't wait to see your pictures" type of thing. Many of these peaks are deep in private property and may never be done. We did a bit of reconnaissance on a couple of peaks near Emmett on Saturday; the struggle is real.
Haha, how am I in 4th place among all of these heavy hitters!?
I'm in no rush to complete this list of peaks, but it does give me inspiration to attempt new local peaks. Heck, I'm still working on the Idaho 12'ers. It does feel really good to be a trail runner again; and even better, I get to go climb high mountains again. These last few local-lames were only a small step in the large scheme of thing, but I love it just the same. It's like studying before the test.
It's all uncharted.