Elevation: 11,982 ft
Climbing information for this peak is found on page 284.
USGS Peak, unofficially named in honor of all USGS surveyors, is a mighty peak protected on all sides by steep walls and in many places by towering cliffs. It is the 10th highest Idaho summit, The summit is not easily spotted from the valley. Mount McCaleb blocks views of the peak from US-93 and Mackay and Massacre Mountain, Ross Peak and Octoberfest Peak block viewing it from the Little Lost River valley.
I believe that surveyors made the first ascent of the peak. Rick Baugher made an ascent in 1992. Rick’s trip report linked below contains an intersection history discussion. Dana Hansen and I made the first ascent of the peak’s north face. See The North Face of USGS article in the Climbing History section of this site. No one has climbed the peak’s north ridge. The ridge is barred by cliffs. There may be a way through the cliff band. Basil Service, Dana Hansen and I were chased off the ridge in 1993 by a thunderstorm.