Elevation: 6,844 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: October 16, 2020
Peak 6844 is a rather insignificant scrub hump located due south of Quaking Aspen Mountain (7,230 feet). It is connected to Quaking Aspen Mountain by a weaving, undulating ridgeline. Peak 6844 is the second peak in a 3-peak adventure that includes Quaking Aspen Mountain, Peak 6844, and Peak 6770. USGS Badger Hole Spring
Same as for Quaking Aspen Mountain. This is the second leg of a 3-peak journey that begins along Crazy Canyon Road/FSR-606.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the 6,540-foot connecting saddle with Quaking Aspen Mountain, follow a weak 2-track road southwest then south to a false summit. Continue south to the true summit of Peak 6844. The summit has a decent cairn. This climb is rated Class 2 for two reasons. First, the 2-track road is pretty weak and isn’t of much use. Second, the road does not go all the way to the summit. However, the short scrub and broken rock on the ridgeline make for an easy ascent.
West Shoulder, Class 2
From the summit, follow the ridge north briefly then descend an obvious shoulder westward toward a major gully that separates Peak 6844 from Peak 6770. Lower down, this shoulder bends left-ish/southwest. At that point, leave the shoulder and descend west steeply through thick sagebrush and other brush to reach the narrow, dry gully. Aim to reach the gully at the base of the steep east face of Point 6488. The gully is an unpleasant mix of brush and thick aspens. The center of the gully has a 2-track ATV road (not shown on maps) as well as a good cattle trail. The gully crossing is the low point of the traverse from Peak 6844 to Peak 6770 and concludes the second leg of today’s 3-peak journey. Peak 6770 is next.