Elevation: 6,684 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published December 2019
Peak 6684 separates the East Fork of Fish Creek from the Main Fork of Fish Creek at a pronounced split in the canyon. The sharp Southwest Ridge is a magnificent sight from Fish Creek Road. There is a lot of private land surrounding this mountain, so choose your route carefully. Most of the West Side (and some of the South Side) of the mountain is on public land, as is the summit area. Consult the Craters of the Moon BLM Map to stay legal. USGS Fish Creek Reservoir
Southwest Ridge, Class 3
Date of Climb: June 1, 2019
Fish Creek Road is located along US-20. It is 17.2 miles W of the entrance to Craters of the Moon National Monument and 25.4 miles E of the junction of US-20/ID-75. The junction is signed. Set your odometer to 0.0 at the base of Fish Creek Road (at US-20). At 2.9 miles, cross to the R/E side of Fish Creek. At 3.5 miles, you reach BLM land (signed). At 6.7 miles, reach an unsigned road junction. Go straight here. At 7.0 miles, park alongside Fish Creek Road at the base of the West Face of the Southwest Ridge. The elevation here is 5,455 feet. The toe of the Southwest Ridge is on private land, so avoid it.
From the road, bash your way eastward up through thick sagebrush, weaving to find small open areas of gravel/scree. Stay on the L/N side of a wide gully for easier going, especially higher up. Aim to reach the Southwest Ridge at a rocky ridge outcrop to the L/N. When you reach the ridge, skirt the R/E side of this obstruction. Remain on the R/E side of the ridge crest to skirt Point 6200. Once past Point 6200, descend 80 vertical feet to a ridge saddle.
From the saddle, scramble NE up talus/scree to reach the base of the massive, imposing summit block. Move a bit R/E to the S side of the summit block to find a Class 3 chute/slot angling diagonally R and upward. Then find a Class 3 gully angling diagonally L to approach the summit. A final scamper R gets you on the small, rocky perch that is the high point of Peak 6684. There is a large cairn on top. There is no Class 2 route to this summit.
East Face (Descent), Class 3
Same as for the Southwest Ridge Route. This route is the first leg of a traverse from Peak 6684 to Peak 6541.
From the summit, you would like to descend N to a ridge saddle at the head of a gully, but you can’t due to Class 5 towers/blocks on the ridge. You must drop R/E below them and skirt them via loose talus/scree gullies and knife-edged aretes. This gets tiresome quickly, so descend NE then E down the angled face to reach the large, dry gully that separates Peak 6684 from Peak 6541. After you’ve dropped 300 vertical feet from the summit, the terrain gets much easier. The cliffs, aretes, and narrow gullies are GONE. The terrain is all desert scrub now. Sagebrush never looked so good!