Elevation: 7,056 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2020
Date of Climb: October 4, 2020
Little Star Benchmark is a wonderful little hump on the south side of Deer Creek in the Webster Range. It is an easy scramble from Deer Creek Road/FSR-156 with minimal bushwhacking. The views from the open summit are splendid. Little Star Benchmark even includes a nice summit cairn and a USGS benchmark. It almost qualifies as a soft-ranked summit. Of the five peaks that I did along Deer Creek Road, I enjoyed Little Star Benchmark the most. USGS Thayne West
From the major intersection at the Mormon Church in the center of Freedom (WY), drive south on a paved county road for 1.4 miles. Turn right/west at an unsigned junction onto a good gravel/dirt road. This road becomes Deer Creek Road/FSR-156. Reset your odometer at this junction. At 1.5 miles, reach the Caribou National Forest boundary at a cattle guard. At 3.4 miles, reach a large, grassy dispersed campsite in a meadow on the left/south side of the road at the base of an obvious gully. Park here (6,535 feet).
Northwest Gully/West Ridge, Class 2
From the meadow, cross [small] Deer Creek on sticks/logs or boulders. Once across the creek, follow a cattle/use trail south-southeast up the dry gully (mostly forested with aspens) to reach a 6,780-foot ridge saddle between Point 7150 and Little Star Benchmark. Follow a cattle trail east-northeast up the open right/south side of the ridge crest until it ends. From the end of the cattle trail, stay to the right/south of the forest and scramble east up easy, gapped scrub and flattened field grass to reach the crux: a minor headwall of talus/boulders with brush mixed in. Climb up this headwall and continue along the semi-open ridge to the rocky summit.