Sunset Peak

Elevation: 10,693 ft

This peak is discussed on page 288. The route described below is not in the book.


Mud Lake Canyon/West Ridge Route. Class 2. 12.2 miles round trip.

This route leaves the Pass Creek Road (See (D) FS-122 on page 294.) Look for the turn off for Mud Lake Canyon aka Black Tail Canyon Trail, (D)(2) FS-094.
The USGS maps call the canyon Mud Lake Canyon but the Forest Service calls the trail the Black Tail Canyon Trail. It is passable for ATVs and self propelled travel. This sign is found just off the main road.

The USGS maps call the canyon Mud Lake Canyon but the Forest Service calls the trail the Black Tail Canyon Trail. It is passable for ATVs and self propelled travel. This sign is found just off the main road.

The road/trail is easily followed until it ends at the base of the peak’s west ridge. There is one spot at roughly 7,600 feet where the Forest Service has dragged logs across the trail for about 100 yards to keep ATVs from going further. After this point, the road becomes a trail which dies out near the base of the west ridge.

My GPS track for a traverse of the peak. We took the west ridge up and then dropped northwest of the summit and descended the adjacent canyon.

My GPS track for a traverse of the peak. We took the west ridge up and then dropped northwest off the summit and descended the adjacent canyon.

The lower portion of the west ridge provides good footing and few obstacles.

The lower portion of the west ridge provides good footing and few obstacles.

This view up the ridge is taken at roughly 9,200 feet.

This view up the ridge is taken at roughly 9,200 feet.

The final saddle before the summit is at 9,800 feet.

The final saddle before the summit is at 9,800 feet.

The final 300 feet cross talus and a few rocky obstructions.

The final 300 feet cross talus and a few rocky obstructions.

The final walk. There is a big cairn on the summit with a glass jar filled with bits of wet paper.

The final walk. There is a big cairn on the summit with a glass jar filled with bits of wet paper.

The view down the crest to North and South Twin, Red Cone and Jaggle.

The view down the crest to North and South Twin, Red Cone and Jaggle.

Descending the canyon that parallels the west ridge on its north side leads you past the large cave shown in this photo.

Descending the canyon that parallels the west ridge on its north side leads you past the large cave shown in this photo.

 

Mountain Range: Lost River Range

Year Climbed: 2014

Longitude: -113.3701   Latitude: 43.9761

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