Stormy Joe

Sitting very close to the north side of Bass Lake and with a summit of 9,003’, it’s amazing this mountain was never “officially” named. Until that is remedied, stick with the moniker provided by local climbers: Stormy Joe.

Almost 800 feet above the saddle on the ridge connecting this peak to Saint Joseph, the loftiness of this mountain’s summit provides spectacular views, not only of the Bass Creek drainage, but of most of the surrounding wilderness.

Climbing this mountain is not particularly difficult (Class 2+), and it can be climbed during a single-day round-trip from the Bass Creek Trailhead, though it is much more enjoyable from a base-camp at Bass Lake.

The best way up this peak begins from a junction (46.59554 N / 114.29161 W – elevation 7,067’) with an abandoned trail on the north side of Bass Lake. Use the old but still-good trail to easily reach the saddle. From there it’s a simple Class 2+ climb up the ridge-crest to the summit.

For those with the stamina of the gods, a bit of Class 3 climbing along the connecting ridge from Saint Joseph Peak provides an alternate route.

Michael Hoyt

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