Slaughterhouse Peak

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Standing high above the South Fork of the Payette, Slaughterhouse Peak provides wonderful views of the canyon and wildlife.

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Last week I climbed Gallagher Peak, where I got this view of Peak 7460, aka Slaughterhouse Peak (named for the drainage to the east of the summit). I was intrigued, so did some investigation and map study. For a number of reasons, I chose to try the ridge on the right skyline.


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When I sent out an invite, only Michael responded positively. He was willing to follow my folly, so here's the view from our parking spot, safely away from the highway so not to expose Ruby to traffic. Also note the shiny quality to the dirt road surface.

Our climb began by clambering up the technical crux: the muddy embankment on the left.

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Added to the mud, the alder really made it fun. Click to see a bigger picture that will reveal Michael in his struggle.

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Once above that mess, it was simply uphill. Steeply uphill. But following game trails. As I looked down at the highway below, I laughingly proclaimed it Class 1. Trailhead

Looking the other way, into the clouds.

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Sorry about the spots, but it was raining. I thought this looked sort of like a Japanese watercolor.

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As we worked our way up the trails on the ridge, the ridge moved in and out of view. But we could see that the ridge turned white higher up.

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Into the White. But at least the clouds were lifting slowly.

Note: That's Gallagher Peak again, just right of center.

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Now even whiter (like a laundry soap commercial?).

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This is at around 6300 feet, with 3000' of gain done. That's more or less the summit up there, 1100' above us. Doesn't look like that much, but trust your tools.

And... we're on snowshoes now.

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Not a lot to look at during that last stretch. In fact, the light was so flat that if you tried to look at the snow under your feet it made you dizzy.

We did a quick turnaround. No lunch, only one or two pictures. We were wet and the wind was blowing. We'll catch lunch down below, somewhere warmer.

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Getting back down below the snow line went quickly. We went down and it moved up.

This view is looking back down our ridge. I thought this looked sort of like the Grand Canyon.

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Only with more wildlife. I didn't make a big deal about it in this discussion, but there were elk everywhere.

When we got back to the car, the temperature matched NOAA's prediction of 60° at the highway. Nice day, despite the wet and gray start. Great training for Michael's attempt on a PR at Robie next weekend. And a surprisingly spiritual outing overall.

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