USGS Peak

Elevation: 11,982 ft

The North Face of USGS Peak.

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. 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 the year before I climbed it. 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.

USGS is a rugged mountain from every angle. This is the view from Mount McCaleb.

USGS is a rugged mountain from every angle. This is the view from Mount McCaleb.

 


 

The north face of USGS showing the Platt Pahlas line of ascent. John Platt Photo.

The north face of USGS showing the Platt Pahlas line of ascent. John Platt Photo.

Check out John’s trip report, it is worth a read and covers several other peaks in the area.

The unclimbed north ridge of USGS.

The unclimbed north ridge of USGS.

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Year Climbed: 1995

First Ascent Information:

  • Other First Ascent: North Face
  • Year: 1995
  • Season: Summer
  • Party: Tom Lopez, Dana Hansen

Longitude: -113.58189   Latitude: 44.01319

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