Elevation: 4,973 ft
This peak is not in the book. Updated February 2020
I was told that a few people have boated across the reservoir and climbed the peak’s West Slopes. Undoubtedly, this would be the shortest approach.
For those of us without a boat, reach the summit by a long ridge walk. This route can be shortened if you have a high-clearance, short-wheelbase 4WD vehicle (preferably an ATV/UTV) and can take advantage of a hunting road when it is open.
Access Peak 4973 from FS-189 [(G)(1)(a) on Page 156]. I describe this same access on the Kepros Mountain page.
Southeast Route, Class 1
Follow the Kepros Mountain climbing directions for roughly 3 miles to a saddle 0.75 miles north of Peak 5380. The elevation at this point is 5,100 feet and you will find a locked gate. Climb over the gate and follow the old road to the summit. The road undulates, making the 2.5-mile walk a significant undertaking.
My GPS recorded 3,100 feet of elevation gain and 11 miles on the round-trip journey. The peak has two summits of nearly equal height separated by a 0.5 mile. Though the West Summit is marked as the high point on maps, based on my observations, I am not sure that is correct.
Alternative Access by Margo Mandella
This route uses a 4WD road that is only open during hunting season (9/1-12/31). This road allows you to get closer to the peak. Primary access is the same access set out above. Instead of going all the way to Blacks Creek Pass (9.0 miles), look for the signed and gated road at the 7.6-mile mark.
As you crawl along the road, reach a junction with a steep descent to the left. Descend to the left and continue until you reach a wide area on the ridge that is an obvious pull-out. This is the point where most 4WD vehicles should park. The road gets narrower, rockier, tougher to navigate, and there are few pullovers or backup options from this point on. If you have an ATV/UTV, you can travel to the summit of Peak 5380 and begin your climb there. Starting midway between the saddle and Peak 5380, the climb was 8.1 miles round-trip with 1,810 feet of elevation gain.