The view of Norton Peak from the south. (Zach Vickery photo)
Trip Report (July 2000):
I climbed Norton Peak with on two occasions this summer, one in late June and the other in July. The climb of Norton Peak is tremendous. It starts out at the Norton Lakes trailhead, and passes the upper and lower lakes. After that the trail switchbacks up to a saddle above the lakes and below Norton Peak. A quick 15 minute scramble gets you to the summit ridge. Once on the summit ridge, each direction you look, you'll see lakes and big mountains. Follow old goat trails on the summit ridge for about 10 minutes until you reach the summit and it's wooden cairn and register.
Norton Peak is located in the Smoky Mountains of Idaho. It is the 2nd highest mountain in the range.
I climbed via the Norton Lakes trail. Refer to Tom Lopez's book for details
Pictures: Click on the pictures below to see the full-size version.
Norton's summit, wooden cairn and all.
Upper Norton Lake from the summit. (Zach Vickery photo)