Elevation: 7,020 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2020
Date of Climb: October 21, 2020
Peak 7020 is a stunning ridgeline summit located southeast of Malad City, ID. The mountain is situated between Twomile Canyon to the north and Fourmile Canyon to the south. Its north ridge is a magnificent ridge scramble from Twomile Canyon Road/FSR-052. However, the summit ridge crest is a bit of a nightmare. Read on. USGS Malad City East
From the Maverik Gas Station at Exit 13 on I-15 at Malad City, drive south on [signed] 3rd East for 1.5 miles to an road junction. Turn left/east onto [unsigned] Twomile Canyon Road. Drive 2.3 miles east on Twomile Canyon Road to a cattle guard/fence. Park just beyond the cattle guard in a roadside pullout (5,205 feet). This area has a patch of private land farther to the east, so be careful. Based on maps of private and public land, this climb is entirely on public land.
North Ridge, Class 2
From the cattle guard, cross to the south side of Twomile Canyon Road. Jump a stiff cattle fence and cross a small stream. Scramble up a STEEP cattle trail alongside the cattle fence east to reach another cattle fence that heads right/south up the steep ridge. Jump another cattle fence here and follow the fence row up steep, loose scree/dirt on a cattle trail on the ridge crest. The cattle fence bends right-ish/southwest near Point 5610 and becomes a 2-wire electric fence.
Follow the left/east side of the fence row up the ridge crest until the fence ends in a rocky ridge section. From there, climb the ridge on short scrub on or just right/west of the ridge crest for the easiest going. Reach the narrow summit ridge by climbing up over an imposing, but easy rocky ridge outcrop. The summit ridge is a clogged mess of pines, brush, boulders, and rocky outcrops. The USGS topo map is unclear as to where the high point is. Let’s investigate this ridge crest and find the high point, if there is one.
Visibility is nil on this ridge crest so we will not be able to make a visual comparison of the potential high points. The altimeter must do the work. The first possible summit is the north summit. It is semi-open and has a splendid view of Malad City. Just south of it is another possible high point. This point has a small summit cairn. South of that point are two other rocky outcrops that might be the high point. Finally, the southernmost point (the south summit) is semi-open and is at the south end of this awful ridge crest.
The south summit measures slightly higher than all of the other ridge points/bumps, so I believe that the south summit is the high point of Peak 7020. All of the other summits are of equal height and are slightly lower than the south summit, but by only 5 vertical feet, which is within the margin of error. I suppose that you must stand on all of the possible summits to KNOW that you reached the high point of Peak 7020.