Elevation: 7,072 ft
This peak is not in the book. Published November 2019
Peak 7072 is a ranked summit that lies on the west side of the primary ridge of the Bear River Range. It is a pyramidal-shaped hump that sits just above Horse Basin to the northeast. Interestingly, its nearby neighbor to the north, Point 7322, is an unranked point. Peak 7072 is surrounded by higher peaks/points and, consequently, is a rather unimpressive bump. But its west ridge is a fun scramble from Birch Creek Road/FSR-407. USGS Mink Creek
West Ridge, Class 2
Birch Creek Road/FSR-407 is located along ID-36 just south of the turnoff signed for “Mink Creek.” It has a simple street sign and is easy to miss. From the north/east, Birch Creek Road is located 26.7 miles from Ovid, ID, on ID-36. From the south, Birch Creek Road is located 7.0 miles north of the junction of ID-34 and ID-36.
Once you turn east onto Birch Creek Road, the road is paved and does a quick jog left/north at a stop sign then right/east almost immediately thereafter. Pay attention to the street signs here. At 1.3 miles, the pavement ends. At 1.7 miles, there is a large parking/turnaround area. The road gets narrower and rougher now. At 2.3 miles, you cross a cattle guard/fence and enter the Cache National Forest (signed). At 3.2 miles, there is a large dispersed campsite on the right/west side of the road. Pull off the road at 3.3 miles to park at the 2nd entrance to the campsite. The elevation here is 5,855 feet.
From the campsite parking area, walk about 0.1 mile southeast up Birch Creek Road to reach the massive powerlines that cross above the road. Leave the road here and scramble east up the clear cut below the power lines for a short distance. Leave the clear cut before the powerlines turn right/southeast and climb left/north up onto the west ridge. Follow the steep ridge to the small summit area.
The ridge terrain is a mix of scattered junipers, scrub/grass, and ground talus/boulders. It is a rather fun scramble. The summit area is semi-open. The high point is near the north end of the small summit cap, near two clumps of boulders. The USGS map incorrectly shows the high point at the south end of the summit cap. The north end is slightly higher. There was no summit cairn or any signs of previous ascent.
South Ridge, Class 2
Same as for the west ridge
From the summit, descend the obvious, open south ridge on easy scrub, staying to the right/west of thicker scrub/brush and trees. As you descend, the slope steepens and you can see the unpleasant combination of thick willows and aspens that await you lower on the ridge/face. Move left/east to stay in open terrain (or semi-open terrain) as long as you can. Then move back to the right/west using minor ramps of open scrub. Find some cattle/game trails lower down to make your way through the thick forest/brush to finally reach FST-313 (an old road/trail) in Mill Canyon. Go right/west on this wonderful trail, which stays right/north of a creek, to quickly reach FSR-407/Birch Creek Road in an open meadow. Hike northwest down Birch Creek Road to your parking spot.