Gallagher Peak

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Another great trip up Gallagher Peak.

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After driving about 1:45 from my house, Michael and I were on our feet a few minutes after 8:30. Upper 20s and shady in the bottom of the canyon, so I didn't get a picture of the herd of elk on the ridge to our right, nor the flock of about 30 turkeys. Ruby wasn't totally indifferent.

If you see this little building, you are going the right way.

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Those shaded elk weren't the only ones we saw.

As this time of year, there are herds of elk all up and down the South Fork of the Payette. And herds of elk watchers. Both require care on the highway.

But the big boys were up here.

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And not just elk.

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This is looking back down the valley after climbing about 1500' at a pretty good pace. The sun was just hitting us, and I think Michael might have been blinded by the light (gratuitous link to a golden oldie).

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Uphill, it's all sunshine.

Yes, that is a trail. Follow your Ruby.

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The patches of snow were quite firm, allowing us to pass the brush easily.

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Higher on the ridge, the snow was continuous, and still mostly supportive. But steeper; there is a kicker at the end.

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As we neared the summit, all the views started popping. That's Slaughterhouse Peak to the east.

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To the north, the lookout on Scott Mountain.

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And off to the west, the lookout on Hawley Mountain.

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The last few steps.

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Summit.

The way-far peaks sort of centered is Bogus Basin.

For maps and more story, visit the previous two climbs reports, found at the top of this page.

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