Bell Rock by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 8,700 ft
Prominence: 720

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This peak is mentioned in the book on Page 255. Published November 2022

Bell Rock is a magnificent, intimidating rocky outcrop that is Class 5 in almost all directions. It has only one weakness: its southeast face which goes at Class 3. Bell Rock is the high point of the Garfield Mountain massif. USGS Muldoon

Bell Rock as viewed from Garfield Mountain to its north. Livingston Douglas Photo


Same as for Garfield Mountain. This is the second leg of a 3-peak adventure that includes Garfield Mountain (8,627 feet), Bell Rock, and Peak 8540.

Southeast Face, Class 3

The Climb

From the connecting saddle with Garfield Mountain, head briefly south to reach the base of the massive summit block of Bell Rock. Skirt left/east around the base of Bell Rock’s summit block to reach the southeast side of the block. Find an obvious chute that angles diagonally right then left to reach the narrow summit ridge high up. Once on the ridge crest, follow it right/north to the rocky summit and two summit cairns. The smaller cairn is on the high point of Bell Rock.

The break in the southeast face of Bell Rock (its only weakness) is adorned by a nice fir tree. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit area of Bell Rock. Livingston Douglas Photo

Return back to Garfield Mountain and descend its northeast ridge back to the 8,300-foot saddle. Follow the horse trail from here north, down across the dry gulch, then up onto the ridge crest at the 8,260-foot saddle. This concludes the second leg of today’s 3-peak journey. Peak 8540 is up next.

Bell Rock from the southwest. Rick Baugher Photo


Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -113.98249   Latitude: 43.60279

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