Peak 6331 (Fish Creek Ridge South) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,331 ft
Prominence: 351

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The Western Aspects of Peak 6331 as viewed from high on Peak 6390. The summit of Peak 6331 is the highest bump just left of center, at the top of the North Shoulder. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 6331 is one of a trio of ranked summits that form a horseshoe around an unnamed drainage/meadow just N of Fish Creek Reservoir. The ridge traverse between these three peaks (Peak 6331, Peak 6326, and Peak 6390) is my favorite ridge traverse in the Fish Creek Reservoir area. It is magnificent and offers stunning views of the reservoir and the surrounding peaks and valleys. You are likely to see Black-Tailed Deer in this area. Fish Creek Reservoir

The Western Aspects of Peak 6331 as viewed from high on Peak 6390. The summit of Peak 6331 is the highest bump just left of center, at the top of the North Shoulder. Livingston Douglas Photo

The Western Aspects of Peak 6331 as viewed from high on Peak 6390. The summit of Peak 6331 is the highest bump just left of center, at the top of the North Shoulder. Livingston Douglas Photo

West Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 3, 2019

Access

From US-20, drive N up Fish Creek Road for 5.5 miles to a junction signed for the “Boat Ramp.” This is the West Fork Fish Creek Road and should be signed. The WF Fish Creek Road is a curvy, narrow dirt road with some blind curves, so be very careful when driving it. Turn L/W here onto the WF Fish Creek Road and drive 2.7 miles to a meadow with an unsigned road junction and a gated cattle fence on the L/W side of the road. This is the old Stinson Canyon Road. Park in a large parking/pullout area near the gate. The elevation here is 5,350 feet.

The Climb

From the parking area, cross to the E side of West Fork Fish Creek Road. Bushwhack SE across a meadow of sagebrush and tall field grass to reach the toe of the West Ridge. Scramble SE then E up the ridge to the summit. The vegetation thins out as you go higher and isn’t too bad once you leave the meadow. This route gets steep at points and the underlying scree base gets a bit loose. The summit of Peak 6331 has a summit cairn and a splendid view of Fish Creek Reservoir.

Northeast Ridge (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the West Ridge Route. This is the first leg of a ridge traverse between Peak 6331 and Peak 6326.

The Descent

From the summit, follow the undulating, curving ridge crest NE on easy, open terrain (short scrub/grass and broken scree). The ridge jogs to the L/N to make its final descent to a 6,020-foot saddle on the E side of Peak 6326. The ridge goes up over a few ridge humps and down to a few saddles to reach this final saddle. This is the conclusion of the Northeast Ridge of Peak 6331.

The summit cairn atop Peak 6331 looking southward toward Fish Creek Reservoir. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Peak 6331 looking southward toward Fish Creek Reservoir. Livingston Douglas Photo

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -113.81429   Latitude: 43.44389

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