Elevation: 5,180 ft
This peak is not in the book. Livingston Douglas added more detailed access and route information as well as new photos to this page. I replaced my entry with Livingston’s. My GPS track is set out below with comments on my climb. Updated October 2023
Peak 5180 is the northwestern-most ranked Danskin Mountains summit. Climb the peak from Deadman Creek which is midway between the Bender and Willow Creek trailheads on Blacks Creek Road. USGS Grape Mountain
Plan B Peak by Livingston Douglas
From Blacks Creek Pass (on Blacks Creek Road): At 3.5 miles, reach the Bender Creek trailhead (right). At 4.7 miles, reach the Deadman Creek trailhead/campsite (left). This trailhead is at 3,590 feet and 43⁰32’01”N, 115⁰50’51”W. This trailhead sits at the toe of the southwest spur of the south ridge of Plan B Peak.
Southwest Spur/South Ridge, Class 2
This route differs from the Lopez route because it immediately leaves the Deadman Creek drainage to climb the southwest spur. From the Deadman Creek trailhead/campsite, jump across [small] Deadman Creek and scramble east up a steep, open slope of grass/scrub to reach the crest of the southwest spur. Weave through the large, gapped sagebrush on the ridge crest as it heads north then northeast, following the right/east side of the Deadman Creek drainage. There are a few ups and downs on the sometimes ill-defined ridge crest.
Higher up, the south ridge comes into view and the ridge/shoulder leading up to it becomes obvious. Contrary to the USGS topo map, there is no forest in this climb but there are a few large, scattered pines atop Point 5137. The summit of Plan B Peak measures only 15-20 feet higher than Point 5137 so the 5,180-foot summit elevation is dubious at best. In actuality, the summit is probably only 5,155 feet.
The short willows become dense from Point 5137 to the true summit and to the north summit hump. Either skirt them just below the ridge crest or bash/weave through them. There are two summit humps. The north summit hump is slightly lower so the LOJ placement of the true summit as the south summit appears to be correct.
South Ridge/South Spur, Class 2
From the summit, descend the south ridge then southwest spur back to a juncture at about 4,100 feet. Follow a spur ridge south-southeast then south back down to Blacks Creek Road then follow the road about ½ mile west to return to the Deadman Creek drainage and your parked vehicle. This route is a bit easier high up (as compared to the southwest spur route) but has more ups and downs and gets pretty steep as you approach Blacks Creek Road. I would stick with the Southwest Spur/South Ridge Route for both the ascent and descent for the most direct line to and from the Deadman Creek trailhead.