Sacajawea Peak (North Face Routes) Climbing
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DescriptionThe north face of Sacajawea Peak is a complex face of narrow chimneys and couloirs. Ice sometimes forms as snow melt drips down over various chock stones and into the chimneys.
Rock fall and avalanche hazard on this face can be significant. If climbing one of the ice routes, it is best to wait for a cold day or two immediately after a warm spell (usually in late May or early June) which will help in the formation of ice, clean out some of the avalanche danger, and keep things glued together.
Getting ThereApproach to the north face of Sacajawea Peak can be made in two ways.
1. Ascend the standard Mt. Borah route past Chicken Out Ridge until you reach the saddle before making the final climb. From the saddle, descend to the east via the large scree or snow slope until you are directly below the north face. The east face below the saddle has several short cliffs. It is best to go all the way to the northern end of the saddle before beginning the descent.
- Be extra cautious of avalanche conditions when descending this snow slope whether it is used as an approach or as a descent back to the base.
2. Begin at the West Fork Upper Pahsimeroi Trailhead at the end of the national forest service road NF-118. Hike up the hill to the west of the road and continue up through the trees and meadows until you can see the various cliff bands along Sacajawea's long east ridge. The route, Gold Digger, can be seen directly above the first big lake. Continue up past the second lake until reaching the base of the north face.
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