Peak 5928 (Snaky Peak) by Margo Mandella

Elevation: 5,928 ft
Prominence: 428

Peak 5928 (Snaky Peak) from Peak 6934. Margo Mandella photo.

This peak is not in the book.


Peak 5928, also known as Snaky Peak, is the southernmost peak in the Beaverhead Range. I suspect it is named Snaky Peak for the obvious reason, especially because Rattlesnake Point lies to its northeast. However, we did not see any namesakes when we climbed it on a cool May evening.


Access

Peak 5928 is accessed from Highway 22, and Reno Ranch (on private land) is a good landmark to use to get in the vicinity of the peak.

From the highway north of Reno Ranch, a gravel road on public land heads northwest past a borrow pit. Use this road to enter a large meadow with a livestock corral. Park anywhere in this area.


Routes

Southeast Ridge, Class 2+

The southeast ridge is short and steep and a little loose in just a couple places. Numerous, interesting rock outcrops require navigating as you ascend, which makes the climb fun. Small wildflowers were all over the peak in May. Overall, it was a surprisingly fun, pretty and fast climb.

Snaky Peak Southeast Ridge Route. Steve Mandella photo.

Snaky Peak’s southeast ridge route. Steve Mandella photo.

Northeast Ridge, Class 2

The northeast ridge approach is a little more than twice as long as the southeast ridge. However, there are no rock outcrops or loose footing on this route.

There is no summit marker, just a rocky high point. From the summit you’ll find good views of the southern Lemhis, southern Beaverheads, and the Idaho National Laboratory.┬áIf you have the time/desire, you can use both ridges for a loop route.

Rock outcrops on the southeast ridge route. Steve Mandella photo.

Rock outcrops on the southeast ridge route. Steve Mandella photo.

USGS Topo: Snaky Canyon

Climber Trip Reports

Mountain Range: Beaverhead Range

Longitude: -112.72969   Latitude: 44.04069

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