Elevation: 6,368 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published January 2023
Peak 6368 towers over Lava Lake to its southeast. The peak’s rugged south ridge extends down to US-20 just west of the lake. The easiest ascent route follows a 2-track road to the base of the west face. This is the first leg of a 2-peak adventure that includes Peak 6368 and Peak 6667. USGS Blizzard Mountain South
There is an unsigned 2-track jeep road that leaves US-20 exactly 5.5 miles east of Fish Creek Road and 0.3 miles west of a roadside pullout alongside Lava Lake. Drive north up the 2-track road for 0.1 miles and park in a small pullout at a cattle gate/fence (5,150 feet) or continue another 0.7 miles to a flat meadow or drive all the way to the 5,560-foot saddle at the base of the west face of Peak 6368 (about 2.3 miles from US-20). A 4WD is recommended.
West Face, Class 2
Hike (or drive) up to the 5,560-foot saddle. This saddle connects Peak 6368 and Peak 6667. From the saddle, scramble east up a steep, grassy face/ramp on the right/south side of the west face, aiming to reach the summit ridge just right/south of a prominent row of rocks/boulders on the ridge. As you gain altitude, the terrain becomes rockier with talus/scree high up. Once up on the southwest ridge, follow the ridge left/northeast up over a rocky ridge point to the summit. The ridge crest is an easy scramble. Descend back to the 5,560-foot connecting saddle. Peak 6667 is up next.