Distance: 5.4 Miles
Elevation Gain: 2600'
The forecast was unseasonably warm for October and I wanted to get above 10,000' for the first time in a few weeks. Rip and Tear Peak has a short approach and not a lot of elevation gain making it a great choice for a day trip.
After a 3.5 hour drive, I parked just short of the trailhead when the road became rough and muddy. Soon I reached the trailhead and followed the Gladiator Pass Trail. Other than a brief wrong turn, I made decent time reaching Gladiator Pass. Rip and Tear Peak's summit block looked intimidating and from a couple of trip reports it was difficult class 3. After postholing in a patch of snow I reached the summit block. Although loose, the class 3 section was relatively easy and soon I was at the summit. The views were excellent of the Boulders, White Clouds, Sawtooths, and Smoky Mountains. A lot of the west and south facing slopes had no snow including Castle Peak. After taking in the views I descended the summit block before realizing I left my sunglasses on the summit. I climbed back up to the summit to retrieve the sunglasses as they were a nice pair and I do not like littering in Idaho's mountains. The descent was uneventful and I made good time reaching my truck.
The weather does not much better than this in October and I was thrilled to get in another 10k peak before the snow flies. Rip and Tear Peak is class 3 but is not difficult if going slow. I did nearby Mushroom Peak to the north two years ago and thought that peak was more difficult via its southwest ridge.
|Rip and Tear Peak|
|Rip and Tear Peak from the trail|