Summiting Hyndman Peak, Idaho – August 2012

Getting there: From Hailey, Idaho go North on Highway 75 until you reach East Fork Road. Turn Right (East) on East Fork Road and follow approximately 11 miles just past the town of Triumph. Turn Left (North) on Hyndman Creek Road and drive about 5 miles to the trailhead parking.

Total round trip hike distance: 13 miles
Total elevation gain: ~5100 feet

On our way to Hyndman Peak, sculptures adorn the entrance to Flat Tire Ranch near Hailey, Idaho. We soon get a glimpse of The Pioneer Mountain Range and Cobb Peak. We arrive at the trailhead. Seemingly having the place to ourselves, we set up camp in, by far, the best spot ever! After setting up camp we explore the area around us. Not only do we witness an incredible sunset, we happened upon a deer and her baby.

On the trail by 7am, we make our way up the drainage. At 6.5 miles one way, the trail to Hyndman Peak is one of the longest and also one of the most beautiful. The first five miles of the climb take us through a beautiful wooded valley. Less than a mile in we spot movement it the trees.  As we cautiously approach, we soon find ourselves eye to eye with dozens of hungry, ravenous … sheep, grazing in the open forest.  We keep focused and move on.  Soon, skyward reaching pines give way to massive slabs of rock and our ultimate goal is in sight. We make our way to the saddle between Hyndman and Old Hyndman peaks. At the saddle, we look down the other side at massive snow fields hugging the shadows. Although only less than 2 miles from the top, it’s here where the vertical climb really begins.

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