Mountain View Peak by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 7,365 ft
Prominence: 225

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Date of Climb:  September 23, 2019

Mountain View Peak is the high point on Buckskin Ridge. It can easily be reached via Buckskin Road/FSR-617 if you have a high-clearance, 4WD vehicle. There are a series of major watery mudholes on this road making it difficult to even hike it! USGS Pike Mountain 

Access

From the junction of Rock Creek Road/FSR-515 and FSR-500 (signed at the Magic Mountain Ski Area), drive north then west on FSR-500 for 3.3 miles to a signed junction with Buckskin Road/FSR-617 (a right turn). There is no parking pullout here, so drive another 0.1 mile west on FSR-500 and park alongside the road just after crossing a cattle guard (7,080 feet elevation). Walk east on FSR-500 for 0.1 to begin this hike at the base of Buckskin Road/FSR-617.

North Ridge, Class 2

This route is mostly a road hike with a bit of easy, Class 2 scrambling along the North Ridge at its finish to reach the summit. Hike up Buckskin Road, circumventing a few large watery mudholes by skirting the road in the thick sagebrush alongside the road. About 1-1/4 miles up the road, you will reach a junction with FST-237B (signed). To do the North Ridge route, continue straight on FSR-617. To do the South Ridge route, go left onto FST-237B.

Continue trudging along rocky, muddy FSR-617 through a section of thick forest on the East Side of Mountain View Peak. After the road climbs leftward back up to the ridge crest (in open terrain), leave the road and scramble southward along the ridge crest through somewhat tedious scrub/sagebrush and ground talus/boulders to reach the rather unimpressive high point of Mountain View Peak. You will find an old cattle fence on the ridge crest for most of this scramble. The summit has some signs of surveyors but no visible USGS BM on the highest point or anywhere nearby. There is a torn-down cairn on the high point and a larger cairn just to the south.

South Ridge, Class 1 (Descent)

Access

Same as for the North Ridge Route.

The Climb

This route is part of a loop route which combines the North Ridge Route (ascent) with the South Ridge Route (descent). Consequently, this route is described from the summit down to the base of Buckskin Road. From the summit, look for a relatively open patch on the West Face of the summit area to quickly make your way down to FST-237B. You will have to work through some brush and aspens and cross a cattle fence to reach the road.

Once on the road, follow it southward, soon crossing a stiff, difficult cattle fence to remain on the road. I hope you have long legs and are of the female gender to accomplish this tricky task. Follow the road southward back to its junction with Buckskin Road/FSR-617. Hike southward along Buckskin Road back to its junction with FSR-500. There is so little off-trail work involved on this hike that I classify it as Class 1.

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: South Hills

Longitude: -114.30889   Latitude: 42.23159

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