Elevation: 5,444 ft
This peak is not in the book. There are two routes set out below. Updated November 2019
This peak is located in the east end of the Danskin Mountains. The peak’s highpoints is located on the west end on a long east-west ridge line. The summit is north of the Tollgate Historical Marker on US-20. The peak can be reached from almost any direction with only small blocks of private property blocking the way in the Tollgate area. USGS Long Tom Reservoir
I snowshoed up the peak from the southwest with Dan Robbins. Take US-20 north from Mountain Home. (This route climbs up steep terrain so only follow it when there is no avalanche danger.) Roughly a half mile past the Historical Marker you will see a drainage splitting the hillside on the north side of the highway. This is your starting point. There is a wide spot along the highway on its south side about a quarter of a mile farther up. Park at that spot and walk back down the road, cross the guardrail, drop off the embankment and start your climb. Our route was 3.4 miles round trip with roughly 850 feet of elevation gain.
South Horseshoe Ridge, Class 2 by Livingston Douglas
Date of Climb: October 11, 2019
Take US-20 north from its junction with I-84 in Mountain Home for 11.0 miles. Turn left onto gravel and signed Immigrant Road. Park at an unsigned road junction 0.1 mile west of US-20, just before reaching a BLM sign. The elevation here is 4,575 feet. Alternatively, you can park in a large turnaround area slightly closer to US-20.
From the road junction, cross to the north side of Immigrant Road and follow a faint 2-track jeep road NE to reach a SE shoulder. Climb the shoulder initially on a weak 2-track road then scramble up through scrub to reach a section of rocky ridge outcrops and large boulders. Climb the R/E side of this rocky area in a grassy gap between the rocky outcrops to move higher and reach a flattish ridge area. Drop 50 feet NE to a ridge saddle that has 2 old tires serving as cattle cisterns.
From this saddle, scramble diagonally upward through grass/scrub in a NW direction to reach a horseshoe-shaped ridge that will lead to the summit of Peak 5444. Your entry onto this ridge should be just W of Point 5324. Follow this ridge NW and either cross the head of the drainage or drop modestly to the drainage at an opportune point to cross it and reach the north side of the horseshoe-shaped ridge. This drainage has a decent 2-track jeep road coming up through it and crossing the saddle at the head of the drainage.
Once up on the summit ridge NE of the saddle at the head of the drainage, scramble E over a minor ridge hump. Then drop slightly to a minor gully and climb N to reach the summit crest area. From here, climb E over a rocky ridge point and continue E to the 2nd [rockier] hump which is the summit of Peak 5444. The summit is a collection of large boulders with some scrub mixed in. Though the peak has been climbed previously, there were no signs of previous ascent.
Overall, the terrain on this climb is entirely open, mostly reasonable sagebrush/grass, with a few rocky sections and some ground talus/boulders in a few areas. It’s not a bad scramble and the summit isn’t too far from Immigrant Road. The roundtrip distance is about 4 miles and requires about 1,175 feet of elevation gain.