Elevation: 5,721 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2023
Peak 5721 is the southernmost of the ranked Cotterel Mountains. It is located on the north side of ID-77 east of Connor. This area is a mix of private and public land. The only reasonable public access is via its southeast side and the base of Rice Spring Road. This climb is entirely on BLM land. USGS Nibbs Creek
From the “T” junction on ID-77 at Connor, drive east on ID-77 for 3.1 miles to [unsigned] Rice Spring Road (4,782 feet on USGS map). Park at the base of this road. This is NOT Rice Creek Road which is about 0.6 miles west of here on ID-77 and crosses a strip of private land (access may be an issue there). There is a lot of private land in this area, so consult a land management map to stay legal. This climb is entirely on BLM land.
South Ridge, Class 2
From the road junction, bushwhack northwest across easy, open sagebrush then a mix of sagebrush and junipers. Cross three minor gullies and Rice Creek Road on the way. Visibility is good so just aim directly at the obvious summit of Peak 5721. Once across the Rice Creek drainage, angle left/west and scramble up the moderately-steep east side of the south ridge on an easy mix of scrub and scree. Once on the south ridge, follow it to the summit through a semi-open juniper forest. I rebuilt the torn-down summit cairn.
East Face, Class 2
From the summit, descend east down steep, loose talus/scree (with junipers and some areas of scrub/grass mixed in) to gentler terrain and a mix of junipers and sagebrush. Aim southeast and cross three dry gullies after crossing the Rice Creek drainage. Continue southeast through scattered junipers and gapped sagebrush to return to your vehicle at the road junction along ID-77.