This was my first attempt at Hyndman Peak than went wrong from the start. After reading the limited resources I had on the hike and mapping a trail on my software and GPS, I thought I was more than prepared to conquer my second Idaho 12er. Unfortunately, things didn't go as smoothly as planned. Instead of going to Hyndman Peak, which is approximately 15 to 20 miles northeast of Sun Valley, I ended up hiking along the north fork of Hyndman Creek below Pioneer Cabin and then bushwacking to 9,700' before seeing Hyndman Basin and locating the correct route. The combination of being unfamiliar with the area, plotting the incorrect route, and getting bad information at the trailhead resulted in a lot of cross country hiking and no summit.
I left Boise around 10:00 in the evening on the 17th and reached the trailhead around 1:00 in the morning. After a short night in the back of the Trooper, I was ready to take on Hyndman Peak. However, rather than heading due east on the obvious trail, I took off north on the west bank of the north fork of Hyndman Creek. I followed this trail until I started climbing west which would have likely taken me to Pioneer Cabin. From here, I began my trekking east to a remote lake and on to a saddle located to the south of Hyndman Peak which overlooked Hyndman Basin. By the time I got here and realized where I went wrong, it was late in the day so I simply bushwacked further east and found the correct trail to take me back out to the trailhead.