Devils Bedstead West

Elevation: 11,051 ft
Prominence: 591

Climbing information for this 11er peak is found on page 244. Pat Mcgrane’s Wildhorse Classics Guide is the definitive guide for technical climbing routes on the Devils Bedstead West.


The standard route up this beautiful mountain is via the peak’s west ridge. The saddle at the bottom of the west ridge can be reached from Kane Creek but the easiest route is via the Summit Creek Trail [(A)(3)(a)]. In the book I suggested traversing the ridge line from the top of Summit Creek to the saddle. While this is a feasible route, there is a more direct route.

In June 2001, I hiked the Summit Creek Trail for the first time in over ten years. Once I arrived at the top of the drainage and looked down into Kane Creek I observed the trail that drops from the saddle into Kane Creek. This trail shows up on the U.S. Forest Service map. What I did not expect to see, was another trail climbing from the top of Kane Creek to the saddle on the Devils Bedstead’ west ridge. I do not know when the trail was constructed or who constructed it but it was not there in 1980. The trail is steep but has a good tread for most of its distance. This new route makes it a lot easier to get to the top of the peak than the route suggested in the book.

The summit of the Devils Bedstead West. Julie Platt is in the red circle. john Platt Photo

The summit of the Devils Bedstead West. Julie Platt is in the red circle. john Platt Photo

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Year Climbed: 2001

Longitude: -114.18009   Latitude: 43.78989

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