Elevation: 7,030 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2021
Peak 7030 is located on the west side of Grand View Canyon along US-93 south of Challis. USGS Antelope Flat
This is the first leg of a 2-peak adventure that includes Peak 7030 and Peak 7459. It covers 7.5 miles with 2,750 feet of elevation gain round trip. Park in a paved pullout on the right/east side of US-93 south of Challis at the north end of Grand View Canyon (5,755 feet).
North Ridge, Class 2
From the parking pullout, cross to the west side of US-93. Private property extends south almost to the rocky mouth of Grand View Canyon. Stay just south of a fence row and scramble up through a rocky, narrow gap to access the north ridge of Peak 7030. Climb south up the rocky ridge crest, staying right/west of any rocky outcrops that present problems. Skirt the base of the highest outcrop on its right/west side to reach the 6,700-foot saddle just east of the summit. From the saddle, bushwhack west then northwest up a ridge (of sorts) with a few minor rocky bumps/outcrops along the way. The terrain is mostly short scrub, broken rock, and scree. The summit is at the very northern tip of the summit cap. It has a large summit cairn.
West Face, Class 2
From the summit, descend west on a ridge that becomes a face. The terrain high up is short scrub and loose shale. Aim for an obvious rocky outcrop on the west ridge/face. Leave the ridge crest at the small saddle that precedes that outcrop and descend left/southwest on easy scrub to a dry gully. Follow the gully southwest then right/northwest to reach a north-to-south gully. The terrain to this point is short scrub and goes quickly. Not much loose rock to contend with.
Go west up over a minor shoulder to reach a more prominent dry gully that heads northeast and has an old 2-track road in it. Make a note of this gully because it is a critical part of the descent route back to the highway. Follow the old 2-track southwest briefly until it ends. Bushwhack west and drop into a final north-to-south gully to cross it just south of Point 6418. This dry drainage is the low point between Peak 7030 and Peak 7459 and concludes the first leg of today’s 2-peak journey. Peak 7459 is up next.