Rip and Tear Peak

Date of trip: 08/19/2018

Mileage: 5.4 Miles

Elevation Gain: 2400 Feet

Time: 4 Hour(s) and 24 Minutes

Class: 3

Partners: Carrie

GPS Track: View Here

Peaks Climbed on Trip:
Peak Name Elevation Prominence Range Close to County highpoint Range highpoint Map
Rip and Tear Peak10185445BoulderKetchum, IdahoNoNo43.9142, -114.6444

Trip Report

We had originally planned on climbing a few peaks in the White Clouds, but the Bible Back fire changed our minds.

Luckily I was familiar with Rip and Tear Peak (Peak 10185) nearby. Rip and Tear Peak is a pointy summit located just north of Galena Lodge and Idaho 75. While a relatively short jaunt, the peak is impressive from all angles.

After parking at the Gladiator Pass trailhead, we signed into the registration box and were on our way through a thick forest canopy. The day was cool with a nice breeze!

The initial trail is wide and has great tread, as it doubles as the Rip and Tear mountain bike trail. At around 7800', the trail forks. You will take the signed left fork heading to Gladiator Pass.

After the fork, the trail isn't as wide and smooth, with occasional dead-fall. However, it is still easy to follow. As the trail ascends, the trees thin and the views increase. The yellow flowers along Gladiator Creek were quite impressive. Also impressive are the views of the rugged peak you are going to be climbing.

Once at the 9800 foot Gladiator Pass, your views expand as you can now see Castle Peak and the White Cloud mountains. From the pass, you will turn right, ascending the east ridge of Rip and Tear Peak. We mostly stayed on the south side of the ridge, just below the ridgeline. The traverse is a bit of a pain, but will soon lead you to the base of the summit block.

From the base of the summit block, you have about 100 feet of climbing to go. The crux is about halfway up the block. There are numerous ways to take, so specifics aren't required, just pick the route that looks best to you. The last 50 feet still require care, but are mostly a walk-up.

There is a small cairn and a metal spike on the summit. The views are tremendous, with Galena Peak dominating the views south and Castle Peak dominating the views north.

Our hike down was uneventful. At just over 4 hours (and that was with breaks and lots of photos), this is a quick peak to climb.


Getting There

Get to Galena Lodge north of Ketchum. The lodge is just off Idaho 75. Drive through the lodge parking lot heading north. There are numerous forks off the road to the trailhead, but keep heading north following signs to the Gladiator Pass trailhead. The distance from the highway to the trailhead is 1.5 miles. The last 1/2 a mile is a bit rough and muddy, so probably not car friendly.


Hiking Directions

Follow the Gladiator Pass Trail to Gladiator Pass. From the pass, ascend the east ridge of Rip and Tear Peak. See the trip report for more details (and the GPS track).


Photos

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Working our way up Gladiator Creek
Working our way up Gladiator Creek
Nearing Gladiator Pass
Nearing Gladiator Pass
Rip and Tear Peak from the Gladiator Pass Trail
Rip and Tear Peak from the Gladiator Pass Trail
Flowers along Gladiator Creek
Flowers along Gladiator Creek
Carrie on the crux of Rip and Tear Peak
Carrie on the crux of Rip and Tear Peak
Gladiator Peak from Rip and Tear Peak
Gladiator Peak from Rip and Tear Peak
Holding up the summit spike
Holding up the summit spike
Descending Rip and Tear Peak
Descending Rip and Tear Peak
Rip and Tear Peak from around 9200'
Rip and Tear Peak from around 9200'




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