Elevation: 5,913 ft
This peak is not in the book.
Peak 5913 is the tallest Danskin Mountains peak in the east end of the range. Its summit ridge is capped by a small rock outcropping. The peak sits in the middle of the main Danskin crest which trends from southeast to northwest and forms the southern wall of the spectacular South Fork Boise River canyon. The north side of the peak quickly drops down to the canyon. The south side of the peak drops down to a broad, flat basin which is mostly private land.
Peak 5913 is accessible from FS-131, the Pony Creek Road aka Prairie Road [(E)(1)] discussed in the book at page 155. Follow the road north from ID-20 for 7.6 miles to a broad saddle. Continue over the saddle and downhill to a point roughly 8.1 miles from ID-20 where an unsigned two track road on the left leads west toward the Long Tom Ranch. The summit is roughly 0.8 miles and 700 feet above this junction. The two track is passable when dry to high clearance vehicles.
I climbed the peak by gaining the crest east of the Long Tom Ranch and then following the undulating crest to the summit. This route was 2.0 miles from my parking spot with 1,350 feet of gain and involved another 400 feet of gain on the return. The route was a quintessential ridge walk. All shorter route options are potentially blocked by the private land. There is a 4WD road that crosses over the peak’s western slopes that may be open to public access. I have not researched that route. USGS Long Tom Reservoir
Danskin Crest Route. Class 3.
To climb this route turn onto the two track discussed above and follow it west. The country is open and you can spot several adequate lines of ascent that you can follow up to the ridge top. Once on the crest follow it toward the summit. You will encounter one fence as you drop off Point 5618. The Boise National Forest fence uses clips to secure the wire. You can undo one clip to raise the wire and easily cross under the fence. Please return the wire to its original state.
From this point the route descends down into the next saddle and then begins the steep climb to the summit. If you look you can find faint game trails that will aid your ascent. The summit is formed by a ragged rock outcrop. Climb a ten foot high rotten chimney on its southeast side to reach the top.
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