Peak 5940 (Fish Creek Knob) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 5,940 ft
Prominence: 320

The summit boulders and brush atop Peak 5940. Fish Creek Reservoir is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 5940 is a ranked summit, but barely so. It would be easy to drive by this one and never know that it is a ranked peak. It is tucked behind several peaks to the southeast and Fish Creek Reservoir is about 2 miles to the south. All of that being said, it is on public land and is an easy scramble from West Fork Fish Creek Road. USGS Fish Creek Reservoir

The summit boulders and brush atop Peak 5940. Fish Creek Reservoir is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit boulders and brush atop Peak 5940. Fish Creek Reservoir is in the distance. Livingston Douglas Photo

East Face, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 2, 2019

Access

From US-20, drive N up Fish Creek Road for 5.5 miles to a junction signed for the “Boat Ramp.” Turn L/W here and drive 4.2 miles, crossing two cattle gates on the way. This is a curvy, narrow road so be careful when driving it. Immediately after crossing to the W side of the West Fork Fish Creek, park at an unsigned road junction on the L/S side of the road at a sharp turn. The elevation here is 5,435 feet.

The Climb

From the small parking pullout at the road junction, scramble W up the steep East Face through sagebrush with decent gaps in it. You should pop out on the ridge crest very close to the summit. The summit high point is located at the N end of a 0.2-mile long, scrub-covered summit plateau. A large boulder serves as the high point. A summit cairn is located on a nearby, lower boulder. The immediate area around the summit is a combination of large boulders and brush.

North Ridge (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the East Face Route

The Descent

From the summit, descend the North Ridge to a meadow. The North Ridge is a mix of brush and rocky outcrops and isn’t much fun, but the discomfort won’t last for long. When you reach the cattle meadow below, you can cruise E across cattle trails to reach the West Fork Fish Creek Road. Follow the road southward about ¼ mile to your parked vehicle.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -113.84169   Latitude: 43.46701

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