Peak 6390 (Fish Creek Ridge West) by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,390 ft
Prominence: 450

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The summit cairn atop rocky Peak 6390 with Pine Mountain in the background (right of center). Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019


Peak 6390 is the highest and most rugged 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. USGS Fish Creek Reservoir

The summit cairn atop rocky Peak 6390 with Pine Mountain in the background (right of center). Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop rocky Peak 6390 with Pine Mountain in the background (right of center). Livingston Douglas Photo

East Spur/North Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: June 3, 2019

Access

Same as for the West Ridge of Peak 6331. This is the next leg of a ridge traverse from Peak 6331 to Peak 6326 to Peak 6390.

The Climb

From the connecting saddle with Peak 6326, follow the L/S side of a fence row up to the top of Point 6108 in easy scrub/sagebrush. From Point 6108, descend W to a minor saddle. Continue to follow the L/W side of the fence row to bend SW to reach the North Ridge of Peak 6390. Leave the fence here and follow the rocky ridge southward up to the very rocky summit area. The summit of Peak 6390 is a narrow ridge crest of boulders, talus, and brush. The high point and summit cairn is at the NW end of the elongated summit crest.

South Ridge (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the East Spur/North Ridge Route. This is the final leg of a loop route that begins and ends on West Fork Fish Creek Road.

The Descent

From the summit, descend the rocky, narrow, tedious ridge SE then S. Eventually, the troublesome boulders and talus disappear. The descent becomes a bushwhack through easy then thicker scrub/sagebrush. The toe of the South Ridge is in a meadow just E of West Fork Fish Creek Road. Bash your way W through a final section of sagebrush to reach the road and your parked vehicle.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Pioneer Mountains

Longitude: -113.82889   Latitude: 43.45829

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