Peak 6840 by Livingston Douglas

Elevation: 6,840 ft
Prominence: 460

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Peak 6840 as viewed from the summit of Peak 6910. The left hump is the high point. Livingston Douglas Photo

This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019


Peak 6840 is located about 3 miles due S of Rattlesnake Peak (5,915 feet) but is much higher than its northern neighbor. This peak sits on the Bannock County/Oneida County line and is on the northern reaches of the LONG North Ridge of Elkhorn Mountain. Peak 6840 is a somewhat hard-to-reach scrub hill with a patchwork of private land near it to make navigation critical here. The terrain here is a mish-mash of points, gullies, and ridges. The easiest ascent route is from the south via FSR-044 and FST-369 (an ATV trail) with a short scramble to the top. USGS Wakley Peak

Peak 6840 as viewed from the summit of Peak 6910. The left hump is the high point. Livingston Douglas Photo

Peak 6840 as viewed from the summit of Peak 6910. The left hump is the high point. Livingston Douglas Photo

North Ridge, Class 2

Date of Climb: May 18, 2019

Access

From the Arimo/Robin Exit on I-15 (Exit 40), drive W on Arimo Road past the hamlet of Robin, ID. At 8.4 miles (about a mile past Garden Creek Gap), go L onto Harrington Road. At 9.7 miles, you reach a “T” junction with Hawkins Road. Go L here and drive 4.2 miles to a junction with [signed] South Hawkins Road/FSR-039. Turn R/S onto FSR-039. At 0.5 mile, enter the Caribou National Forest. At 1.4 miles, there is a gated road closure (“Private Property/No Trespassing”). Park here (5,250 feet).

The Climb

The private land behind the gate closure is quite small and narrow. It can easily be avoided. The entire climb to the summit of Peak 6840 can be done on National Forest Land with no problem. The ambiguous nature of the terrain here is the REAL problem. Study the USGS topo map closely. The North Ridge has lots of twists, turns, humps, and saddles.

From FSR-039, scramble SE then S up a ridge on the E side of the Hawkins Creek drainage to a flat ridge area just E of Point 6326. Scramble W briefly through sagebrush then descend S to a saddle and pick up an old jeep track. Follow the jeep track S to a saddle and a “T” junction with FSR-044. This saddle is just N of Point 6457. Hike S up the narrow, somewhat muddy FSR-044 past the L/W side of Point 6457, Point 6465, and Point 6438 to reach a final saddle NE of Peak 6840 on the Bannock/Oneida County line. Leave the jeep road here and bushwhack SSW then SW to reach the summit of Peak 6840. The summit of Peak 6840 is a wide-open hump of short scrub. The high point sports a tall cairn.

The summit cairn atop Peak 6840 with Peak 6910 in the distance. The left hump is the high point. Livingston Douglas Photo

The summit cairn atop Peak 6840 with Peak 6910 in the distance. The left hump is the high point. Livingston Douglas Photo

West Ridge/North Spur (Descent), Class 2

Access

Same as for the North Ridge Route. This route is part of a ridge traverse from Peak 6840 to Peak 6910 to Peak 6708.

The Descent

This route is part of a ridge traverse from Peak 6840 to Peak 6910. This ridge traverse takes almost 3 hours and is punishing due to some difficult bushwhacking. You must cross three separate drainages to reach the base of the South Ridge of Peak 6910. From the summit of Peak 6840, descend W on short scrub to an old 2-track jeep road which heads N then W to reach the South Fork of Hawkins Creek at a meadow. This is the base of the North Spur and concludes this section of the ridge traverse.

Additional Resources

Mountain Range: Bannock Range

Longitude: -112.31829   Latitude: 42.45129

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