12 Summits
> Summit 8: Hyndman Peak, The Pioneers, Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho (12,009 ft)

July 4th, 2005
Hyndman Peak
Highest Overlook in the Pioneers
The Boulder - White Clouds
On Hyndman Summit
As free time becomes available, it is my goal to climb the three peaks that comprise the Pioneer Triple Crown that sit prominently to the east over Hailey, Idaho. Hyndman, Old Hyndman, and Cobb are three remarkable mountains that sort of resemble a giant broken kings crown towering over Hyndman Basin in central Idaho. These three summits can be seen for hundreds of miles on a clear day in many parts of Idaho, and obviously they are great peak bagging opportunities for those inclined to challenge their slopes.

In the summer of 2004, I climbed Hyndman Peak for the first time during a stormy and overcast day. It was my second major solo attempt of a big peak, and it took almost everything I had to make the summit. By the time, I completed the peak and stated my return home, the sun had set and I had to use my head lamp to hike out the last few miles. Needless to say, it was always in my best interest to return to the top of the summit on a better day, and to kickstart my journey of attempting the entire Triple Crown - one peak at a time.

On the weekend before July 4th, Nichole and I hiked into Hyndman basin to camp for the night. I used this opportunity to hike to the top of Upper Hyndman Basin between the saddle of Hyndman and Old Hyndman peak to gaze down into Wildhorse Canyon, and to get a look at the possibility of climbing one of the peaks later during the week on the 4th. After witnessing a decent snow free route up Hyndman Peak, I decided to try it a few days later.

Tuesday, July 4th started out promising, so I grabbed my bike, my survival gear, and a days worth of food and water, and made the trek back into upper Hyndman Basin to climb Hyndman around 6:30 in the morning. The trailhead that leads to the peak is only a few miles from my current residence, so getting there requires a quick drive, then a 6 mile hike up 5000 feet to the summit. A day hike up Hyndman is like climbing the Empire State Building via it's stairs 5 times! So, it's a very long and physical adventure, that does require some endurance. Of course, taking a bike allows you to bypass hiking the first and last 3 miles. In true Idaho fashion, I didn't encounter any people during my trek, and it took me about 5 hours to reach the summit, where I spent a few minutes admiring the amazing overlook of giant granite spires sticking out in all directions. After a slow climb back down the rocky slopes, and a long slog back down Hydnman Basin, I made it back to my bike that I stashed near some trees next to a creek, and cruised back home.

Sometime in the future, I plan on summiting Cobb and Old Hyndman peak to complete the Sun Valley Triple Crown.

A Play of Light
Last of the Snow Fields
A Perfect Pioneer Day
Great Granite Uplifts
Wildhorse Canyon
The Other Points
Cobb Peak
Old Hyndman Peak
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