Elevation: 6,940 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: May 29, 2020
Peak 6940 is located just above the Antelope Guard Station at the convergence of Bear Creek Canyon and Antelope Creek. It is a short, fun scramble from Bear Creek Road/FSR-135. USGS Miller Peak
Antelope Creek Road/FSR-137 is located 11.5 miles north of the Conoco gas station at the south end of Arco, ID on US-93. The junction is poorly signed, so look for the road itself. Drive 18.2miles southwest on FSR-137 to a signed junction with Bear Creek Road/FSR-135. Turn right/west onto FSR-135 and drive 0.5 miles up the road to a bridge crossing of Bear Creek. Park in a pullout just past the bridge (6,440 feet).
South Ridge, Class 2
The crux of this climb faces you immediately: an ominous cliff band that blocks access to the south ridge. From the parking pullout, follow a foot path right/east to reach an obvious cattle fence that leads up toward the ridge cliffs. Follow the cattle fence left/north and upward. The cattle fence soon ends but the path on its left/west side helps you get through the initial thick sagebrush/brush. Now bushwhack steeply up through a mix of sagebrush and loose scree/gravel to a gap in the cliffs.
Climb right/east up through the gap to reach the crest of the south ridge. Once on the ridge crest, scramble on top of (or just right/east of) the cliff band slabs. Higher up, the ridge is easy short scrub/gravel to the gentle summit of Peak 6940. There was a small torn-down cairn on the summit so I rebuilt it.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the summit, descend north then north-northeast on easy, open scrub to a small stream and an old 2-track road in the saddle that connects Peak 6940 and Peak 7585. This is the base of the north ridge of Peak 6940 and the base of the south spur/west ridge of Peak 7585. It completes the first leg of today’s 2-peak adventure. Peak 7585 is next.