Thompson Peak

2006-07-22
Thompson Peak is the highest peak in the Sawtooth Mountains and as such its summit was a prime target for adventure. Located in the northern reaches of the Sawtooths, the summit tops out at an elevation of 10,751 feet. Thompson Peak is accessible from the north via Goat Creek. You can reach Goat Creek from the Iron Creek trail head just outside of Stanley.

Trip Report

Thompson Peak is the highest peak in the Sawtooth Mountains and as such its summit was a prime target for adventure. Located in the northern reaches of the Sawtooths, the summit tops out at an elevation of 10,751 feet. Thompson Peak is accessible from the north via Goat Creek. You can reach Goat Creek from the Iron Creek trail head just outside of Stanley. From there you follow the boundary trail until it comes to a switch back atop a ridge above Goat Creek. There is a sign which says 'Trail -->' and points you down the boundary trail. At this point you follow the unmarked tail which heads off behind the sign. This trail will side hill most the way to Goat Creek then start heading up the valley to the top of Goat Falls. From there the trail crosses the creek and makes it the rest of the way to Goat Lake

Our trip to Thompson Peak was a short one. We left Boise late and made it to the trail head slightly before dark. That night we made it up to Goat Lake, but arrived there a bit after darkness had engulfed the Sawtooths. The next day we spent most of it climbing to the summit and back. The path took us north up Goat Creek drainage pass numerous unnamed lakes. We reached the base of Thompson Peak at the headwaters of Goat Creek. There we worked our way around to the southwest saddle which gave us a nice approach to the summit. From the saddle it was an easy climb to make it to the summit and view the Sawtooths and area from their highest point.

After enjoying the view from the top we made our way back. We made it back to our camp at Goat Lake just after sunset. There we packed up and walked the rest of the way out. After a long drive it was wonderful to be back home enjoying the photos and resting up from a great climb.

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