This trip involved some peaks in the vicinity of
Mill lake in the northern Lemhis. There is an undeveloped
campground along the lake at the end of a very bad road which is
accessible from highway 28 a little north of Leadore. A
lot of the vehicles that make it across that road are ATVs,
which make for a modest amount of activity there.
It was a long drive, and Steve, Chris and I (and Braxon and
Abby) went to Jeff's house in Salmon, where he and his wife
Sandy graciously put us up for the night and served us breakfast
in the morning. We also met their dog George and several
cats. We left early in the morning and arrived at the
campsite Tom had selected a little before 7:30, and by 8:00 we
were all on the trail.
At the saddle separating Mill lake valley from Buffalo Skull
lake Valley, Chris left us to scout the next day's route.
That left Steve, Tom, Jeff and I along with Abby and
Braxon. I misunderstood the directions and led us up
earlier than intended, but it didn't work out too badly.
Either way, there is a fair bit of talus to clamber over before
you reach the ridge that is crowned by Buffalo Skull peak.
We gained the ridge right above a small snowfield that Braxon
made a beeline for.
Except for the Talus, Buffalo Skull was a pretty mellow
peak. It took us about 7 hours for a laid back
climb. It was also pretty dog friendly. That
evening, Michael Pelton joined us, and the wind also picked
up. I spent the night in my truck rather than set up a
tent, and fortunately, Abby was tired enough that she didn't try
to take advantage of the close quarters. The wind wasn't
as bad the next day, but it still blew pretty hard for most of
The whole group did Little Mill on a sunny, windy, hazy day, and
from there Chris went back while the rest of us went off to tag
Mill peak. Jeff had climbed it previously from the
northeast, which looked like a very gentle approach, but like
the previous day, except for the talus, it wasn't all that
difficult. No snow for the dogs, but they seemed happy to
be there nonetheless.