Elmore County High Point Trip Report

Snowyside Pk (10,651 ft)

Date: July 15-16, 2001
Author: Ken Jones

Drive: From Idaho state route 75 between Stanley and Galena Summit, take the signed road to the Pettit Lake trailhead. Note that a trailhead parking permit is required.

Hike: We took the well-signed trail to Alice Lake (roughly 6 miles, 1600' gain). Lovely camping here. Next morning, we continued up the trail to the pass between Twin Lakes and Toxaway Lake. Here, we headed up the east ridge of the peak, staying slightly south of its crest, until we reached the main north/south crest line. We turned right, and followed on or near the crest until just short of the summit, where we detoured around a blocky bit down to the west about 100 feet and headed back up to the top. There is some easy class 3 work on this route, and a lot of steep loose crud. Round trip from Alice Lake is roughly 6 miles and 2000' gain.

[Our detour to the west just before the summit could be avoided if you don't mind a fairly narrow, somewhat exposed ridge for 60 or 80 feet. Some of us didn't want to do it.]